11 February 2013, 18:05
Russian lawmaker hopes good relations will be maintained between Russian
Orthodox, Roman Catholic Churches
Moscow, February 11, Interfax - Chairman of the State Duma Committee for
Public and Religious Organizations Yaroslav Nilov said relations between
the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Churches will hopefully not
deteriorate and remain creative as previously.
"Let us hope that dialogue between the Russian Orthodox and Roman
Catholic Churches will proceed in a well-meaning and creative
atmosphere," he told Interfax on Monday while commenting on reports that
Pope Benedict XVI I is stepping down in late February.
Reports said earlier that Benedict explained in a statement for the
press that he lacks strength to continue his job.
"This conduct deserves respect," Nilov said.
"If one confesses that he had better step down for reasons that obstruct
his effective work and honestly hands over his post to another person,
this only suggests that he does not consider his personal ambitions
superior to public interests," Nilov said.