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    2003.12.31 RIAN: 2003-12-31 13:50 * RUSSIA * CHURCH * PATRIARCH * VATICAN * RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH CALLS UPON VATICAN TO SHOW IN DEED ITS WILL FOR
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      2003.12.31 RIAN:
      2003-12-31 13:50 * RUSSIA * CHURCH * PATRIARCH * VATICAN *
      RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH CALLS UPON VATICAN TO SHOW IN DEED ITS WILL FOR
      DIALOGUE (UPDATE)

      MOSCOW, December 31, 2003. (RIA Novosti correspondent Olga Lipich) -- The
      Russian Orthodox Church calls upon the Roman Catholic Church to demonstrate
      in deed its will for a dialogue.

      Vatican "should in deed show its will for a dialogue" and not take actions
      that "can freeze" this dialogue at all, said Patriarch Alexei the Second of
      Moscow and All Russia in the interview he gave to RIA Novosti.

      According to him, the Russian Orthodox Church is ready to respond to
      concrete initiatives of Vatican aimed at the improvement of the situation.
      "If any concrete initiatives, which can contribute to a real improvement of
      the situation, are proposed to us, the Russian Orthodox Church is ready to
      support them," said Alexei the Second.

      "Unfortunately, up to now Vatican proceeds only from the declaration of
      good intentions which conceal the unfriendly actions of the Catholics with
      regard to the Orthodox believers," said the head of the Russian Orthodox
      Church.
      According to him, the position of the Russian Orthodox Church with regard
      to relations with Vatican is: the Russian Orthodox Church is open "for a
      friendly, constructive and unhypocritical dialogue with the Roman Catholic
      Church." To make such relations between the two Churches a reality "it is
      necessary to resolve the problems that now seriously darken the bilateral
      relations," said Alexei the Second. As the main obstacle on this path, the
      Russian Patriarch named "the Catholic proselytism in Russia and other
      countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and also the
      conflict between the Orthodox believers and the Greek Catholics in
      Ukraine." The Russian Orthodox Church cannot reconcile itself to the fact
      that Catholic missionary orders, whose activity is aimed at converting the
      Orthodox believers to Catholicism, continue to function in Russia," said
      the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
      © 2001 RIA Novosti

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      2003.12.31 RIAN:
      2003-12-31 18:09 * RUSSIA * PATRIARCH * CAUCASUS * RELIGION *

      RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO PROMOTE PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF CAUCASUS CONFLICTS -
      PATRIARCH ALEXII II

      MOSCOW, DECEMBER 31. /RIA NOVOSTI / -- The religious leaders of Russia,
      Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan will help peacefully to settle conflicts in
      the Caucasus, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexii II said in the RIA
      Novosti interview on the New Year eve.

      "Today many expect from the religious communities in the Caucasian region
      active involvement in the pacification of conflicts and arranging of a life
      of peace. Representatives of the authorities and society in our countries
      hope that the peace-keeping efforts of the leaders of the traditional
      religions will help to doctor wounds in human souls and in this way prepare
      the ground for a comprehensive and lasting peaceful settlement. We hope to
      live up to these expectations", the Patriarch said.

      He stressed the need "resolutely to oppose ethnic and religious strife".
      "Terrorists, extremists and political radicals are trying to use ethic and
      religious differences in their own selfish and pernicious ends, alien to
      the true religious spirit", Alexii II said.

      "It is our pastoral duty to keep all believers from participation in
      pernicious deeds of enmity and hatred irrespective of their religion",
      stressed Alexii II.

      "It is well known that the peace-making position of the religious leaders,
      clergy and believers produces a direct and beneficial effect on the
      intrapolitical situation. This is why it is important that the leaders of
      religious communities in adjacent states together call on their flock for
      tolerance, peace and accord. It is many time more important in such a
      volatile region as the multiethnic, multiconfessional Caucasus speaking
      many languages", Alexii II said in conclusion.

      © 2001 RIA Novosti
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      2003.12.31 RIAN:

      RUSSIAN CHURCH LEADER HOPES FOR CONSTRUCTIVE CO-OPERATION WITH STATE DUMA

      MOSCOW, December 31 (RIA Novosti) - His Holiness Alexis II, Patriarch of
      Moscow and All Russia, hopes for constructive co-operation with the new
      State Duma, or the lower house of parliament.

      "Chapter 30 of the Tax Code is one of the most important issues to be
      discussed by MPs /and church officials/," the Patriarch said in an
      exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.

      The Russian Church insists on amendments to this chapter, which deals with
      taxes on religious organisations' property. Church officials want the
      property used for "in religious activities," as well as the publishing and
      polygraphic equipment, hotels and transport for pilgrims, to be exempt from
      taxes. It is only on this condition that the Orthodox Church will be able
      to implement various social programmes, which are so important for society.

      Further dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, the
      development of inter-Orthodox and inter-religious co-operation are also
      among the priority issues to be addressed in 2004, according to Alexis II.
      In March, Moscow will host the second inter-religious, peacemaking forum of
      Commonwealth of Independent States countries and the eighth World Russian
      People's Synod, entitled Russia and the Orthodox World.

      © 2001 RIA Novosti
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