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Catholics and Kremlin

by Gianni Valente

If the relations between the Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow remain strained, important signs of normalization in relations between the Catholic Church and Russian Federation are visible, after the case of the bishop and the four priests expelled last year. In the first half of July the leaders of the Catholic Church in Russia were informed that, after a bureaucratic passage of different months, the Catholic archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow has been registered with the relevant offices of the Ministry of Justice in Moscow. Within a few months, once all the required permits have been obtained from the various ministries, the others three Catholic dioceses on Russian territory should get analogous registration. The government authorities have also asked the Catholic bishops to make clear the “quota” of foreign missionaries, priests and religious for each diocese to be authorized to enter Russia to fulfill pastoral requirements.
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