His Beatitude Kiril, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia had good words for our Holy Father:
"Moscow, July 19, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said that he sees eye-to-eye with Pope Benedict XVI on many pressing moral issues.
'I must say that the stance of incumbent Pope Benedict XVI gives rise to optimism,' he said in an interview with Ukrainian media ahead of his visit to the country.
He reminded reporters that the Pope is often criticized by 'liberal theologians and liberal mass media in the West' for his views.
'However, on many public and moral issues his approach fully coincides with the approach of the Russian Orthodox Church. This gives us an opportunity to advocate Christian values together with the Catholic Church, in particular at international organizations and on the international arena," he said.'