Pope-Putin paradoxical polyphony perfectly puzzles plenty of people

Pope-Putin paradoxical polyphony perfectly puzzles plenty of people

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[AsiaNews.It] Moscow – Returning to Russia after a lightning visit to Rome on 4 July, President Putin told journalists that the positions of Russia and the Vatican coincide in the defense of traditional values ​​and in the development of inter-religious dialogue and civilizations . “We also spoke of difficulties in defending the Christian population of the Middle East, and humanitarian aid to Syria,” said Putin.

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Several aspects of bilateral relations between the Russian Federation and the Holy See were considered: “We agreed to pay particular attention to collaboration in the sphere of culture, education and health care,” the Russian leader added.

During the visit, a memorandum of understanding was signed on common actions in the health field, strengthening the international dimension of the “Bambino Gesù” OPBG hospital in Rome, as also confirmed by the press release issued by the Vatican Press Office.

The agreement was signed by the Russian Health Minister, Veronika Skortsova, and by Msgr. Paolo Borgia, Assessor for General Affairs of the Vatican Secretariat of State, establishing a program of collaboration between the “Bambino Gesù” and the health facilities of the Russian Federation.

Also according to Putin’s report to journalists, the most urgent questions of international politics have been touched on with Pope Francis, especially the situation in Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela, together with issues related to ecology and “some significant issues for the life of the Catholic Church in Russia ”. Even at the last official meeting in Russia in 2017 with the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the legal status of Catholic missionaries in Russia was discussed.

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