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Russia: Bishops Conference discussed State-Church relationships and pastoral care of children and teenagers


“The visit of the State Secretary of the Holy See, cardinal Pietro Parolin, to the Russian Federation in August 2017 was an encouragement for the bishops, who expressed the hope it may help further develop the relationships between the State and the Church, as well as inter-confessional and interreligious dialogue in Russia”. This is written in a press release issued today from Novosibirsk, where the Plenary Assembly of the Russian Bishops Conference ended yesterday. After reviewing the ecclesial work completed in the last few months, “with a focus on the fruit of the celebration of the Catholic Church in Russia for the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima”, the bishops shared views above all on the “preparation of candidates to permanent diaconate and the pastoral care of children and teenagers”. In addition, the bishops discussed “the relationships between the State and the Church, mainly the issue of the legal status of foreign priests and religious people, as well as the conveyance of religious properties”. The meeting offered an opportunity to prepare the forthcoming visit ad limina planned from January 29th to February 3rd, 2018. There are four bishops, in Russia: mgr. Clemens Pickel in Saratov, mgr. Iosif Vert in Novosibirsk, mgr. Paolo Pezzi in Moscow, and mgr. Kirill Klimovich in Irkutsk. The nuncio, mgr. Celestino Migliore, and the General Secretary, rev. Igor Kovalevsky, regularly attend these meetings too.


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