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Kasper to Visit Moscow, Meet Patriarch


VATICAN CITY, JAN 22, 2004 -- Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Holy See Press Office director, in a statement released this afternoon, said: "Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, welcoming the invitation of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Russian Federation, will go to  Moscow on February 16.
"During his visit, which will end February 20, Cardinal Kasper will meet with the Catholic bishops present in the Russian Federation and the Catholic community in Moscow.
"During this visit, motivated by feelings of esteem for the Russian Orthodox Church, Cardinal Kasper will be received in audience by
His Holiness Alexei II, patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias, and will have talks with Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, the president of the department for foreign ecclesiastical relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow, in view of the ecumenical dialogue between the two Churches.

"Cardinal Kasper will be accompanied by Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the pontifical council, and by Fr. Jozef M. Maj, an official in the council's Oriental Section."


Inside the Vatican News January 22 2004


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