Vatican Satisfied With Progress in Bilateral Relations With Russia

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Ecumenical dialogue, cooperation among religious confessions, global conflicts and humanitarian crises, fundamentalist terrorism, the protection of human rights, environmental emergency: in several interviews with local press at the start his visit to the Russian Federation - 21-24 August - Cardinal Pietro Parolin outlined the main themes at the heart of his meetings with leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church and with the country's top authorities.

Lavrov said at a press conference that "since the beginning of the Venezuelan crisis, we have supported the initiative of the Holy See to reconcile the opposing parties" in that South American country. He explained that he had in mind both relations between the two states and relations between the Holy See and the Russian Orthodox Church.

During his four-day visit to Russia, Cardinal Parolin has met with Patriarch Kirill.

The Vatican Secretary of State is now on a four-day visit to Russian Federation.

Parolin, who is due later on Tuesday to meet Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said he also believed Russia could play an important role when it came to helping solve a crisis in Venezuela because of its close relations with Caracas.

Parolin recalled that Russian Federation and the Vatican had signed an agreement on a visa-free system for diplomats from both states on Tuesday. Lavrov, in turn, stressed the sides' common vision on the settlement of global crises and fight against terrorism.

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