Cardinal Parolin in Russia in the footsteps of Casaroli

Cardinal Parolin in Russia in the footsteps of Casaroli

[The new Bergoglio Ostpolitik follows in the footsteps of the old Montini/Wojtyla one]

Hat-tip to Pewsitter; Google translaton of

By Marco Mancini

MOSCOW, 19 August, 2017 ( ACI Press ) – What Cardinal Pietro Parolin will begin next day will not be the first visit of a Holy See State Secretary to Moscow . There are in fact the precedents of two of his three immediate predecessors: Cardinal Agostino Casaroli in 1988 and Cardinal Angelo Sodano in 1999.

Historical collaborator of John Paul II, a life in the Secretariat of State to become the head of the office in 1979, Cardinal Agostino Casaroli was the father of the so-called Vatican Ostpolitik, the political opening of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the bloc countries Communist Party of Eastern Europe, led by the Soviet Union.

Returning to today, Cardinal Parolin will stop in Russia from 21 to 24 August. The magician will see the Catholic Bishops with whom he will celebrate Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow. I also met Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, President of the Department for External Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow.

On Tuesday, 22 first bilateral with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and, in the afternoon, visit to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow . Finally on Wednesday in Sochi the hearing with Russian President Vladimir Putin .

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