- Sep 18, 2020
“Beauty builds bridges,” said Barbara Jatta, the director of the Vatican Museums, commenting on the new Vatican/Russian exhibit in St. Peter’s.
As plans to establish an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church encounter complaints from Russia, Catholic leaders hope ecumenical ties will not be affected.
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.
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.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, will be the most senior Vatican figure in Moscow in nearly two decades when he visits August 20-24. Catholics in Russia hopes he uses the visit to help the local Catholic community, in addition to speaking about international affairs and ties with the dominant Russian Orthodox Church.
In June the Congress of Russian Catholic delegates from around the world will take place in northern Italy. The main topic: how can the the small and scattered faith survive. “This is our last hurrah. If this fails, you can forget about the Russian Catholic movement,” said Australian-based Russian Catholic priest, Father Lawrence Cross.