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RUSSIA - POLAND
Russian Orthodox patriarch and Polish Catholics sign reconciliation message to evangelise the world
As the world's attention was focused on the Pussy Riot trial, an historic message was signed in Warsaw ending centuries of hatred, violence and prejudice. Kirill and Archbishop Michalik stress their common Christian roots and shared experience of persecution under atheist regimes in the 20th century. They also single out the challenges that are posed today by secularism (which marginalises religion) and abortion and euthanasia (which are equated to terrorism) as threats to civilisation. The family, defined as the unity between man and woman, is the sound foundation of society. The patriarch and the bishops' conference president exchange icons.
Patriarch Kirill on first ever visit to Poland
For the first time a primate of the Russian Orthodox Church visits the Polish Christian community. From Moscow: no political message in mission.
12/04/2010 RUSSIA – POLAND
Relations between Moscow and Warsaw at risk over airplane crash near Katyn
The two countries are cooperating in the inquiry to determine the cause of the accident, but too many ghosts from the past haunt their relationship. President Medvedev has Katyń, a hitherto banned movie about a wartime massacre of Poles, shown on Russian TV. The Russian Orthodox Church expresses its solidarity. In the meantime, the two countries continue negotiations on energy cooperation.
30/05/2008 RUSSIA – VATICAN
Pope writes Aleksij II who still says no to Ravenna
Cardinal Kasper handed Aleksij II a message in which the Pope expressed his esteem and gratitude to the Russian Patriarch. According to the Vatican the meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere; invariably though the Patriarchate highlighted all the unsolved problems that come between the two Churches like the Uniate Church, Catholic orphanages and the Ravenna Statement.
An inflatable Catholic church from Poland to Russia
A pastor of the Kamchatka solves the problem of obtaining permits and funding for a permanent place of worship in the area.
Moscow Patriarch Aleksij II dies
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