Russian Orthodox Church decides not to invite Iraq clerics to forum
Russia Orthodox Church decides not to invite Iraq clerics to forum
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
"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
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.