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

    Parolin presses Russia to give back churches taken by the Soviets

    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.

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  • Russian Catholics hope Parolin visit improves situation for local Church

    Russian Catholics hope Parolin visit improves situation for local Church

    Most of the attention being given to Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Russia surrounds his meetings with President Vladimir Putin and Moscow Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. But Russia’s small Catholic community hopes the visit by the Vatican’s Secretary of State will help them get back Catholic churches taken from them in the Soviet era, and convince Catholic leaders to have a louder voice in the country.

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

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

    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.”

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