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Russian Orthodox Church decides not to invite Iraq clerics to forum

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=10584607&PageNum=0 Russia Orthodox Church decides not to invite Iraq clerics to forum 01.07.2006, 11.34 MOSCOW,
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      Russia Orthodox Church decides not to invite Iraq clerics to forum

      01.07.2006, 11.34
      MOSCOW, July 1 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian Orthodox Church has decided not to
      invite Iraqi clerics, Sunnites as well as Shiites, to the world summit in
      Moscow.

      "We consider it impossible after the tragedy that happened with Russian
      diplomats in Iraq," deputy head of the Moscow patriarchate's foreign ties
      department Vsevolod Chaplin told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

      Though almost all the religions keep the distance from politics,
      nevertheless, the international situation has influenced the representation
      of the world summit of religious leaders that will take place in Moscow
      from July 3-5.

      It is not known so far whether representatives of Palestinian Islamic
      organisations will be present. The invitation was sent to Palestinian
      spiritual leaders, but there has been no answer so far.

      As a result of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict aggravation, Israeli
      authorities arrested many Palestinian leaders and barred all the
      Palestinians from leaving. So, the presence of Palestinian Islamic clerics
      is hardly possible.

      Meanwhile, Israel's chief rabbi Yona Metzger is expected to arrive for the
      summit.

      A total of about 200 leading religious leaders from 40 countries --
      representatives of the world's all traditional religious -- will arrive for
      the Moscow forum.

      The Vatican sends a delegation of ten Catholic hierarches closest to the
      Pope, including Cardinal Walter Kasper who will head the delegation.

      A communique reflecting the Roman Catholic Church's stands will be
      published in the Vatican before the forum.
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