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Russian public wants visit by Pope Francis, poll finds

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=17594 Russian public wants visit by Pope Francis, poll finds April 15, 2013 A striking 71% of
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      Russian public wants visit by Pope Francis, poll finds
      April 15, 2013

      A striking 71% of Russia's people hope for a visit by Pope Francis to
      their country, according to a new poll by the Lavada Center in Moscow.
      Only 9% of those surveyed voiced opposition to a papal visit.

      Pope John Paul II had long hoped to make a visit to Moscow, but faced
      steady resistance from the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church.
      While tensions between Rome and Moscow eased during the pontificate of
      Benedict XVI, the Moscow Patriarchate continued to insist that further
      ecumenical progress was needed before a papal visit could take place.
      The surprising popularity of Pope Francis could prompt Orthodox leaders
      to ease their opposition.
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