• Parolin presses Russia to give back churches taken by the Soviets

    Parolin presses Russia to give back churches taken by the Soviets

    • Aug 25, 2017

    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.

  • Russia’s Putin says he values ‘trusting and constructive dialogue’ with Vatican

    • Aug 23, 2017

    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.”