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    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=dujour&div=120 2007-03-01 00:00:00 The Holy See prepares to meet Russian president Vatican City, March 1, Interfax - The
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      2007-03-01 00:00:00

      The Holy See prepares to meet Russian president

      Vatican City, March 1, Interfax - The Vatican expects Russian
      President Vladimir Putin to meet Pope Benedict XVI in the middle of
      May, the vice director of the Holy See press office Fr. Ciro
      Benedettini said.

      The meeting will take place within the framework the Russia's chief
      executive's state visit to Italy.

      It will be Mr. Putin's first visit to the Vatican after Benedict
      XVI's election as primate of the Roman Catholic Church. Prior to
      that, the president met the current pope's predecessor, Pope John
      Paul II, twice, in June 2000 and November 2003.

      The issue of possible summit between the pope and the primate of the
      Russian Orthodox Church was not discussed during those meetings.

      Pope John Paul II was invited to Russia by the Soviet President
      Mikhail Gorbachev and the first Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
      However no visit would take place due to problems in relationships
      between the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church.

      Meanwhile the Moscow Patriarchate has never rejected the idea of a
      papal visit to Russia or a meeting between the pope and Patriarch
      Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia in a third country. Still Alexy II
      has always stressed that such a historic occurrence should signify
      essential changes in relationships between the two churches, solve
      the current disputes, and not become a show event.

      The main remaining problems in Orthodox-Catholic relations include
      Catholic missionary activity in Russia and other CIS countries and
      the conflict between Orthodox and Greek Catholics in Ukraine.
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