10457Medvedev to visit Italy Saturday
- Dec 3 5:03 PMMedvedev 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
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.