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Catholics-Orthodox pledge to work closely in Russia

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  • Bill Samsonoff
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      Catholics-Orthodox pledge to work closely in Russia
      Published on April 01, 2008

      A working group of Russia's Catholic and Orthodox churches has
      pledged to counter "media provocations" that could damage mutual relations.

      "Group members stressed the importance of exchanging information -
      they also noted an improvement of the climate, as shown by mutually
      friendly statements made about the faithful on each side," said
      Catholic and Orthodox representatives in a statement released on March 28.

      "The information climate can and should improve even further if
      unfriendly statements are avoided and if both sides oppose the
      provocations of certain media which seek to aggravate Orthodox-Catholic ties."

      The group, chaired by Fr Igor Kovalevsky, secretary-general of the
      Russian Catholic bishops' conference, and Russian Orthodox Fr
      Vsevolod Chaplin, vice chairman of the external relations department
      of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church, released
      the statement after the meeting in the city of Vladimir.

      It said Catholic and Orthodox representatives would ensure "maximum
      openness and interaction" in joint youth work, as well as "constant
      monitoring" of Catholic orphanages, which previously have been
      accused of "converting" Russian Orthodox children.

      It added that the six-member working group - launched in 2004 during
      a visit by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical
      Council for Promoting Christian Unity - had acknowledged the "kind
      mutual relations" existing in Vladimir, where Catholic and Orthodox
      clergy co-operate on charitable and cultural projects.

      Interchurch ties have been strained in Russia since a demand in
      December last year by Orthodox Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and
      Kaliningrad, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's office for external
      relations, for downgrading the Catholic Church's four dioceses in Russia.
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