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Russia’s Catholic bishops ‘interested in strong Orthodoxy’

CWN - September 07, 2010

Cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church is necessary for the growth of Catholicism in Russia, according to the secretary general of the Conference of Russian Catholic Bishops.

“The Catholic community in Russia is a minority and must cooperate with the Orthodox; only then we’ll be able to develop to the utmost,” Father Igor Kovalevsky told Nezavisimaya Gazeta. “So, let’s say we are interested in strong Orthodoxy.”

Catholics and Orthodox need to work together to combat European secularism and re-evangelize the continent, he added.

0.7% of Russia’s 141.8 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.

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