Head of Eastern Orthodox Church meets Cardinal Duka and Cardinal Vlk

On a four day visit to the Czech Republic, the head of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew I, on Thursday met with Prague Archbishop Cardinal Dominik Duka and Cardinal Miloslav Vlk to discuss relations between the Catholic and Orthodox churches and the upcoming celebrations marking the 1150th anniversary of the arrival in Moravia of the Orthodox missionaries Saints Cyril and Methodius. In a religious ceremony at the Church of Ss Cyril and Methodius in Prague Patriarch Bartholomew praised Czechs for maintaining the Cyril-Methodius tradition and asked the saints to safeguard the nation in these difficult times.