» 11/08/2013, 00.00
RUSSIA - VATICAN
Putin goes to the Pope: On the agenda, the war in Syria and Middle East’s Christians
The Russian president "strongly" desired encounter with Francis, which will be held on the afternoon of November 25. Ahead of the leader of the Kremlin, Metropolitan Hilarion , number 2 of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate, will visit the Vatican .
- The Kremlin is still speaking of a visit still at the preparation phase , but
by the Holy See Press Office has officially announced that at 5pm November 25, the
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, will make his first official visit to Pope
could meet the Pope in Rome in late November , said presidential spokesman
Dmitri Peskov , commenting on the news releases of Italian media, and confirmed
by the Vatican, on the private audience between the two leaders on November 25
, the eve of the inter-government summit between Italy and Russia , scheduled
the next day in Trieste .
possibility of this meeting is being discussed as part of the preparation for
the visit of the President to Italy, on 25 and 26 November," Peskov told
Interfax . The
audience with the Pope according to some media is "strongly desired"
by the Russian president , who at the G20 summit in September in St.
Petersburg, had explicitly cited the Vatican among states opposed to an external
military attack on Syria , which at the time seemed imminent .
few days beforehand, Pope Francis had written a letter to the head of the
Kremlin , who has always supported a diplomatic and political solution to the
Syrian crisis, in which he stressed the concern of the Holy See for the
possibility of military intervention as loudly demanded by the United States. Peskov
said that "it is still too early" to say whether during the meeting
at the Vatican will discuss Bergoglio's letter, but certainly there will be the
theme of international efforts to end the Syrian conflict and the situation of
Christians in Middle East on the table. Issues
which currently unite the Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow, for its part
committed - both economically and diplomatically - to the protection of this
minority in the region.
a recent interview with AsiaNews the same Minister of Foreign Affairs of the
Russian Orthodox Patriarchate , Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk , chairman
of the Department for External Relations described work between the two
the theological level as " unsatisfactory ", while at the same time
speaking of "effective" work together " on moral values and
social issues " , which also includes the defense of traditional values
in Europe and the Christian presence in the Middle East. In
fact, Hilarion will visit the Vatican ahead of Putin when, on 12 November , he
travels to Rome to present the book "Word of God and the word of
man," with contributions by the Russian philologist Serghei Averintsev .
issue of persecuted Christians is not only central to the foreign policy of the
Patriarchate , but also that of the Kremlin, increasingly willing to stand as
mediator between East and West , calibrating complaints of violence against
Christian minorities , with declarations of friendship and support for Muslim leaders . Last
month, about 50 thousand Syrian Christians asked for Russian citizenship, with
the fear of "being banished from their lands, for the first time since the
birth of Christ." The
Kremlin has now said it will seriously consider the request. Putin
has already had three meetings with the previous Popes : in March 2007, with
Benedict XVII and with John Paul II , in June 2000 and November 2003. In
February of 2011, it was instead the then head of the Russian state, Dmitri
Medvedev, to pay a visit to Pope Ratzinger in the Vatican, two years after the
restoration of full diplomatic relations between the two countries.
19/11/2013 MIDDLE EAST - VATICAN
Eastern Patriarchs to meet pope to discuss the future of Christians in the Middle East
The meeting, which will run from today to Friday, is set to focus on the Eastern churches in the 50 years since Vatican II. Eastern patriarchs will talked to the Pope about the plight of Christians in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. The prelates will also discuss the relationship with Orthodox Churches and the problem of the exodus of Christians from the region.
10/06/2015 VATICAN – RUSSIA
Pope meets Putin, urges the pursuit of peace in the Ukraine and the Middle East
The private meeting between Francis and the Russian president lasted 50 minutes. On the Ukraine, reference was made to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. On Syria and Iraq, the two leaders discussed the "concrete involvement" of the international community “whilst ensuring the conditions necessary for life of all segments of society, including religious minorities, particularly Christians."
03/10/2013 MIDDLE EAST - VATICAN
Patriarch Youhanna of Antioch: The encounter with Pope Francis was warm and historic
Between September 26 and October 1 the pontifex met Greek Orthodox Patriarch: "Together against the crises afflicting the Mashreq countries".
Pope: the suffering of Christians and other persecuted religious groups in the Middle East "cries out to God"
In his Christmas Letter to the Christians of the Middle East, Francis calls on "all religious leaders [. . .] to condemn these crimes unanimously and unambiguously". Likewise, he calls on the international community to act, "above all by promoting peace through negotiation and diplomacy". He also stresses the "ecumenism of blood" with other Christians, especially the Orthodox.
13/03/2007 VATICAN - RUSSIA
The Middle East and extremism, but also ecumenism, in talks between Putin and Pope
A Vatican statement tells of a “very positive atmosphere” and “cordial relations”. Putin referred greetings from Alexi II, the Pope in turn sent his greetings to the Patriarch. Moscow Patriarchate sources tended to exclude that Benedict XVI and the Russian President would have touched on questions linked to relations between Catholics and Orthodox in Moscow.
VATICAN - USA
Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor
Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.
CHINA - UNITED STATES
The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war
As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.
20/01/2017 CHINA - UNITED STATES
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