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    MOSCOW PATRIARCHY EXPECTS VATICAN TO SOLVE PROBLEM OF PROSELYTISM IN RUSSIA

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    MOSCOW, January 30, 2004. /RIA Novosti correspondent Olga Lipich/. Chairman of the foreign church relations department of the Moscow Patriarchy, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill and Cardinal Walter Kasper, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity will discuss the problems of proselytism /missionary Catholic activities in the Russian Orthodox Church territory/ and the expansion of Greek Catholics in Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan.

    Cardinal Walter Kasper arrives in Moscow on February 16 at the invitation from the conference of Russia's Catholic bishops to meet with Russian Catholics, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the deputy chairman of the foreign church relations department of the Moscow Patriarchy, told RIA Novosti.

    According to Chaplin, the talks will focus on Orthodox-Catholic problems, first of all, proselytism, Catholic missionary activities among Orthodox believers and people belonging to Orthodoxy by cultural traditions.

    The second problem is the activities of Greek Catholics "preventing normal development of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine's west and trying to spread their religion in Ukraine's south and east, in Russia and Kazakhstan, Chaplin said.

    "They also pressing Vatican for the transfer of the cathedra of the head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church from Lvov to Kiev and to make him Patriarch," Vsevolod Chaplin stressed.

    "The progress of the forthcoming talks between Cardinal Kasper and Metropolitan Kirill depends on Vatican's readiness for practical agreements on these problems at the top level," Chaplin concluded.

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