- Nov 24, 2020
Russia’s minority Catholic Church has pledged to help build a civil society after the nation’s March 18 election and called on President Vladimir Putin to “justify voters’ confidence” after his victory.
A new exhibit in Moscow showcases relations between tsars and popes and sheds light on possible future ties.
A new documentary produced by Catholic News Service, “Faces among Icons,” chronicles the ruin and rebirth of the Russian Orthodox Church. The film is timed to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution and the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, where Mary called for the conversion of Russians to Christ.
Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s top diplomat, also said that during his meetings with both religious and civil authorities in Russia he spoke about the restitution of the Catholic Churches confiscated during the Communist era, an issue that has been a major bone of contention between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches, as well as between the Holy See and the Kremlin.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s visit marks the first of the Vatican’s Secretary of State to Russia in 19 years. The last to do so was Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who was in Moscow in 1999 to consecrate its Catholic cathedral. During a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Parolin said the diplomacy between the two countries “compromises various levels and covers the political spectrum and also various cultural initiatives that we pursue.”