An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is “getting closer every day,” Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s foreign relations department, said in an interview.
He said the meeting between the head of the 1.2 billion member Roman Catholic Church and the head of Russian Orthodox Church – which counts some 165 million of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians – would take place in a “neutral” country, not in Moscow or the Vatican. Austria or Hungary were possibilities, he said.
Francis told reporters last year that he had sent word to Kirill that he was willing to meet the Russian patriarch “wherever you want, you call me and I’ll come”.
The popular vote was proposed by outgoing head of state Bronisław Komorowski, following the first round of the presidential election on 10 May.
The referendum will ask three questions, on political funding, changes in the voting system and the principles governing tax law.
During a press conference, PM Kopacz said that PiS did not originally want the referendum. Now PiS deputy leader Beata Szydło has said that the party wants to widen the scope of the referendum slated for 6 September.
PiS proposes to add questions about lower the retirement age, the minimum schooling age (currently six years in Poland) and the limiting the selling of state-owned forests.
Beata Szydło was nominated by party leader Jarosław Kaczyński as the candidate for the post of Prime Minister in the autumn general election.
Material from Radio Polska.
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