Toledo Blade: Leaders of Russian, Polish churches sign mutual-forgiveness document

WARSAW – The leaders of Russia’s Orthodox church and Poland’s Catholic church signed a document Friday that urges their nations to forgive each other for past wrongs.

The signing during the first visit to Poland by a Russia patriarch has been described by the churches as a historic act of reconciliation and the establishment of a bridge between the denominations.

The two nations have feuded for centuries, and their ties are still marked by distrust.

“We appeal to our believers to ask for the forgiveness of wrongs, injustice, and every evil committed against each other,” the document says. “We are certain that this is the first and the most important step toward rebuilding mutual trust, which is a necessary element of a lasting community and full reconciliation between people.”…
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