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Moscow's Catholic archbishop welcomes cooperation with Orthodox, seeks common calendar

Catholic World News - April 20, 2011

Moscow's Catholic archbishop sees a rich field for cooperation between Catholics and Orthodox in Russia, and hopes for a day when the two groups will adopt a common liturgical calendar.

Archbishop Paolo Pezzi told the AsiaNews service that the Russian Orthodox Church has a vital role to play as Russia emerges from decades of official atheism. Catholics will join in the cause, he said--although both churches can expect to face steady opposition from secularists.

This year the Catholic and Orthodox churches celebrate Easter at the same time, as they did last year. Archbishop Pezzi said that he hoped eventually the liturgical calendars would be synchronized.

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