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Ties between Christians "powerful factor" in Russia-U.S. relations - Patriarch

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    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=6188 03 July 2009, 16:45 Ties between Christians powerful factor in Russia-U.S. relations - Patriarch Moscow,
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      03 July 2009, 16:45
      Ties between Christians "powerful factor" in Russia-U.S. relations - Patriarch

      Moscow, July 3, Interfax - Relations between Christians in Russia and
      the United States are "a very powerful factor" in Russian-U.S.
      relations in general, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

      "I am deeply convinced that relations between religious leaders and
      communities of the two countries are a very powerful factor of
      relations between [the two] peoples," Patriarch Kirill said at a
      meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle in Moscow on Friday.

      In Russia, "great hopes are being built" on U.S. President Barack
      Obama's planned visit to Moscow on July 6-8, Kirill said.

      "There is a belief that the basis is indeed being formed for better
      relations between our countries," he said.

      The Russian Orthodox Church has a long history of relations with the
      United States, the Patriarch said. He mentioned that Russian
      missionaries had brought Orthodoxy to the United States.

      "The presence of the Russian Church on the American continent has
      seriously contributed to the relations of the Orthodox Church with
      other Christian denominations and religions of the United States.
      Even in the hardest of times, the times of the Cold War, the
      Christians of the United States and the Soviet Union maintained good
      relations, and this, of course, had what was, perhaps not a very
      powerful, but a concrete effect on the situation," Kirill said.

      The Russian Orthodox Church has always attached great significance to
      its relations with Christian and other religious communities in the
      United States, he said.
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