Topic: President Vladimir Putin
Upcoming meeting between Putin and Benedict XVI can help consolidate the position of Christianity in the world - Russian Church
Moscow, March 9, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has pointed to the importance of the meeting to take place on March 13 between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Benedict XVI for consolidating the position of Christianity in the world.
‘I believe the meeting between the Russian president and the head of the Vatican to be important because at the time of globalization today the European and global communities are increasingly loosing their identities based on traditional norms of ethics and morality’, Bishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, told to Interfax.
‘I believe President Putin can lend his support to the policy pursued by the Vatican in today’s ideological dialogue with Europe as it increasingly moves away from the Church’, the bishop noted.
Bishop Mark suggested that the Russian president and the Vatican head would hardly discuss problems involved directly in relations between the Russian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches, such as a possible papal visit to Moscow, which had been discussed by Putin’s predecessors during their meetings with John Paul II.
‘We have notified the Vatican of all our concerns directly. We have a standing working commission and we have held bilateral meetings on various levels’, he said.
He found it difficult to answer the question if Putin, when in Italy, would discuss the transfer St. Nicholas’s in Bari, since pilgrims visiting Bari need a more noticeable presence of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church there.