Disputes with Orthodox 'resolved'
5 July 2013
Russia's Catholic archbishop has said he believes long-running Orthodox
complaints about the Church's activities in the country have now been
settled for good, thanks to improved ecumenical relations.
In an interview with the Kommersant daily, Archbishop Paolo Pezzi, head
of the Moscow-based Mother of God Archdiocese since 2007, said Russia's
million-strong Catholic Church still faced problems in cities such as
Ryazan, Kirov and Vologda, where its Soviet-seized places of worship had
still not been returned.
However, he added that questions raised by the Russian Orthodox Church
about Catholic activities, including complaints of encroachment in the
former Soviet Union, had now been "answered", adding that he believed
there was now nothing to prevent direct talks between Kirill I and Pope