Vatican Secretary of State expected in Moscow in August


June 22nd, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– – – translated by Frederick Assar –

Relations between the Vatican State and the Russian Federation are ” improving significantly”. In this perspective “a visit by Vatican Secretary Pietro Parolin” in Moscow is expected in August “,  the director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Chubarian, from the Institute of World History said in an interview with Askanews.

The academic did the honors today in what is considered as the temple of Russian scientific thinking, hosting the convention “The Vatican Ostpolitik, the Soviet Union and the Russian Orthodox Church (1958-1978)”. Many guests arriving from Rome for the two-day academic summit were welcomed by Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov and by the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Patriarchate. The conference also focused on the figure of Agostino Casaroli, Cardinal and Italian Catholic Archbishop, Secretary of State from 1979 to 1990.

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Parolin’s visit hasn’t yet been confirmed by official sources, “I think it will be a good sign,” the scientist says. “I definitely want to say that the reports go along a line of improvement and that’s a good thing. More generally, it seems to me that Europe is becoming aware of the need for improvement of relations with Moscow. I am also taking into account previous visits by German Chancellor Angela Merkel here and by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Paris. Without Russia it is difficult to talk about the European situation. Moreover, there are common dangers: three weeks after the attacks in London and Paris, one has to think about this too. But with regards to the Vatican, a serious impulse to the improvement of the relations was given by the meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis in Havana. The Pope is a very compassionate person and this opens great prospects. “

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