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RUSSIA - UNITED STATES
Moscow Patriarchate wants Snowden given asylum to show that Russia defends freedom
Archpriest Chaplin, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for Church and Society Relations, calls on Russian authorities to stand up against "electronic concentration camps."
31/07/2014 RUSSIA - UNITED STATES
For Orthodox Church, Moscow can do what it wants in state-religion relations
Speaking about the US State Department report on international religious freedom, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, said "We have the right to create our model."
07/08/2013 RUSSIA - UNITED STATES
Despite Snowden's asylum, Obama will be at the G20 in St Petersburg
The US president speaks out for the first time on the matter after Moscow granted asylum to the US fugitive whom the US still wants extradited. According to Russian experts, Washington's rebuff will not go beyond the diplomatic level because the White House needs the Kremlin.
Moscow Patriarchate says no to ecumenical prayers
Number two in the Department for External Church Relations urges Orthodox not to pray with members of other confessions, adding that “nowadays no one speaks seriously about reunification”.
Moscow Patriarchate to “monitor” Catholic orphanages
The decision comes at the end of a meeting by a joint working group on problems between the two Churches. The Patriarchate wants to keep an eye on Orthodox children who live in Catholic institutions. This however has been the rule for years. Once again silence prevails on other, more important issues.
19/04/2006 RUSSIA VATICAN
High-level Vatican delegation in Moscow for religious summit, Catholics free, says nuncio
In an interview with Russian-state news agency Interfax, Mgr Mennini, nuncio in Russia, talks about cooperation with the Orthodox Church. Catholics face no external obstructions in the country.
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