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  • Al Green
    Dec 3 5:03 PM
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      Medvedev to visit Italy Saturday

      www.chinaview.cn 2008-12-03 20:58:17

      MOSCOW, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is
      to pay a working visit to Italy at the invitation of his Italian
      counterpart Giorgio Napolitano on Saturday, the Kremlin press service
      said Wednesday.

      Medvedev will visit the southern Italian city of Bari, where a
      Russian Orthodox Church is located.

      The St. Nicholas Orthodox church was built in the early 20th
      century to welcome Russian pilgrims coming to worship St. Nicholas,
      one of the most revered Orthodox saints. It became the property of
      the city of Bari in 1937.

      The Italian government decided to return the ownership of the
      Russian Orthodox Church as a friendly gesture when Russia's then
      president Vladimir Putin visited the country in March 2007. A
      document was signed in Rome last month to confirm the handover.