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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2004.11.01 UPI: Patriarch reveals tensions with Vatican Moscow, Russia, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Monday blamed Roman Catholic
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      2004.11.01 UPI:
      Patriarch reveals tensions with Vatican

      Moscow, Russia, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The head of the Russian Orthodox Church
      Monday blamed Roman Catholic conversion efforts for worsening relations
      between the churches.

      Patriarch Alexy II made the comments at a meeting with diplomacy students
      in Moscow, the Interfax news agency reported.

      "The relations between our churches, which have always been complicated,
      almost came to a near halt at times," Alexy said.
      He said the main problems were the Catholic Church's activities in
      winning converts from the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church's expansion
      in traditionally Russian Orthodox areas and relations between Russian
      Orthodox Christians and Greek Catholics in western parts of Ukraine,
      Interfax said.

      2004.11.01 Interfax:

      Nov 1 2004 6:43PM
      Relations between Russian Church, Vatican shaky over last few years

      MOSCOW. Nov 1 (Interfax) - Over the last several years, relations between
      the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church have almost been cut off
      completely on several occasions, Russian Patriarch Alexy II said on Monday.

      "The relations between our churches, which have always been complicated,
      almost came to a near halt at times," Alexy said at a meeting with
      diplomacy students in Moscow.

      He noted that the main issues in the churches' relations are turning
      followers of the Russian Orthodox Church to Catholicism, expansion and
      relations between Orthodox and Greek Catholics in western parts of Ukraine.
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