ROC clergy receive a blessing from the Pope

 

Vatican press office released an official video of the meeting of Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), the head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, with Pope Benedict XVI. After the ceremonial exchange of greetings and wishes of other interesting shots.

The clergy and laity — DECR staff members, in turn, take a blessing from the Pope. When one of them asks, "bless him» (bless me).

Such behavior, however, is clearly not troubled Metropolitan Hilarion. Adoption means the recognition of the blessings of a spiritual authority of the person who has taken the blessing signified. Meanwhile, as the heretics, according to the canons, do not even come to eat and drink. Obviously, those priests of the MP DECR, which was such a blessing, according to Benedict XVI not another heresiarch, and "the Bishop of Rome."

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