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RUSSIA - CRIMEA
The Catholic Church in Crimea must register according to Russian law
The Vatican does not recognize the annexation of the peninsula to Russia, but the priority now is not to abandon the local community. AsiaNews sources: "It 'a difficult process even for the Orthodox." The authorities reassure the renewal of visas for the non-Russian clergy, but problems remain.
(AsiaNews) - By March, all the parishes of the Catholic Church in the Crimea -
the Ukrainian peninsula passed to Russia, after a controversial referendum not
recognized by the international community - will have to adapt to the Russian
legislation on religious organizations. This was reported by the Ukrainian
service of Polish radio. The news has been confirmed by AsiaNews sources in the Catholic community in Russia, according to
whom "after initial problems" with the new authorities of Crimea,
"before the end of 2014, it has come to a solution of transition."
In what has
been learned, both Catholics and Orthodox will have to register, according to
the Russian Federation "law on religious organizations", which
requires the presence of 10 people with Russian passports as representatives of
each parish. The Bishop of Odessa and Simferopol, Yatsek Pil, told Polish Radio that on 22 January he had sent,
"all necessary documents" to Moscow and is now waiting for a
authorities give their assent then parishes will begin to register. Only then will they be able to invite foreign
citizens to work, writes the Portal-credo. "This ID process is difficult
for both Catholics and Orthodox," said the AsiaNews source continues,
explaining that "now the priority is to accompany the local
community" in this transition phase.
does not officially recognize the Crimea as part of Russia, but is concerned
for the faithful. In March, the Catholic Church in the peninsula will be
'restored' and should move from diocese to 'pastoral district'. There are about
ten parishes involved, including Greek-Catholic parishes.
the annexation, the Catholic Churches' first attempt to register failed. At the
time, the reason given was the fact that the documents were written in
Ukrainian. Even now, despite the assurances of Simferopol, there may be
problems related to the non-renewal of visas and residence permits for local
clergy, including many citizens are Poles or Ukrainians.
As reported by
Forum 18, this has already happened three Franciscan Sisters Missionaries of
Mary: in the absence of renewal of their residence permit, the Catholic convent
in the capital of Crimea will be forced to close. (M.A.)
Permission to build a Catholic church in Pskov denied
According to the archbishop of Moscow the reasons are unjust and he denounces a "deliberate discrimination against the local Catholic community."
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