"The full acknowledgement of the life and purposes of the Catholic community was useful for the sovereignty of the State, and was welcome by the specific mission of the Church", said the Pope today, while receiving in hearing the Prime Ambassador of the Republic of Montenegro, Antun Sbutega. Benedict XVI mentioned "the respectful attitude of the Orthodox Church", which considered the agreement with the papal see "a useful instrument for better meeting the spiritual needs of the population". "We hope that such Christian turn of mind will further evolve", it was the wish of the Pope, who recalled "the brotherly dialogue with Orthodoxy, so much present and alive in the Country", starting from the "millenary relationships of mutual consideration". "It is necessary to strengthen such constructive attitude today, too, with the aim of better serving the people you are adequately representing here, today", said the Pope, adding that the Catholic and Orthodox Churches are "looking at both the West and the Orient at the same time, playing the role of the bridge between the two realities". On this basis, he concluded, "it is possible to establish agreements which will be to the benefit of the Country and the Catholic community, without affecting the legitimate rights of other religious communities in the least".