Vatican secretary of state won’t discuss prospects for pope’s Russia visit in Moscow – Russian Catholic official

admin | 17 August 2017
Moscow, August 17, Interfax - The possibility of a visit to Russia by Pope Francis will not be raised during Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin's visit to Moscow on August 21-23, as it is premature to discuss this issue at this point, Priest Igor Kovalevsky, secretary-general of the conference of Catholic bishops of Russia, said.
Vatican secretary of state won’t discuss prospects for pope’s Russia visit in Moscow – Russian Catholic official
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State

“The cardinal himself has stressed that this problem will not be discussed,” Kovalevsky said at a press conference on Thursday.

Kovalevsky said he personally believes that Russia is not yet ready to receive the pontiff.

“I personally would not support this visit because our society is not yet ready to receive the pope. And there is no need to rush things,” he said.

Kovalevsky said he believes that the meeting that took place between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia a year and a half ago is already a “monumental breakthrough.”

“Perhaps it could be a meeting in a third country. Perhaps these meetings may continue. Most likely, it will be like this. But I think it is premature to say that the patriarch could visit the Vatican and the pope could come to Moscow tomorrow,” he said.

The Russian Orthodox Church and Russian society need to prepare for that first, the priest said.

“We should be good hosts in order to receive such a distinguished guest,” Kovalevsky said.

For his part, Father Stefan (Igumnov), secretary for inter-Christian relations of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, recalled Parolin’s recent interview in which the Vatican official said that discussions on the possibility of the pope’s visit to Russia were not on the agenda of his Moscow trip.

Система Orphus Do you see a mistake in the text? Highlight it and click: Ctrl + Enter
Since you are here…

…we do have a small request. More and more people visit Orthodoxy and the World website. However, resources for editorial are scarce. In comparison to some mass media, we do not make paid subscription. It is our deepest belief that preaching Christ for money is wrong.

Having said that, Pravmir provides daily articles from an autonomous news service, weekly wall newspaper for churches, lectorium, photos, videos, hosting and servers. Editors and translators work together towards one goal: to make our four websites possible - Pravmir.ru, Neinvalid.ru, Matrony.ru and Pravmir.com. Therefore our request for help is understandable.

For example, 5 dollars a month is it a lot or little? A cup of coffee? It is not that much for a family budget, but it is a significant amount for Pravmir.

If everyone reading Pravmir could donate 5 dollars a month, they would contribute greatly to our ability to spread the word of Christ, Orthodoxy, life's purpose, family and society.

Choose currency:
Other amount
10$
20$
50$
Dear Friends,

Our website exists owing to your generous assistance, thanks to the funds donated by our beloved readers.

Please assist us in the continuation of our work.