Bari Church, once ROCOR, then MP, now property of the Russian Government

(Interfax) – The final line under the process of transferring St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox church in Bari will be drawn on March 1 when Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is to convey symbolic keys to the church to Dmitry Medvedev.

According to the Kremlin press service, Russian leader will pay a working visit to the Italian city of Bari on March 1, 2009 at his Italian counterpart’s invitation.

The Italian government decided to transfer the St. Nicholas Church and its territory in Bari to Russia’s ownership during then Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Italy in March 2007.

The Italian government completed the internal procedures on passing the church to Russia in April 2008, and a transfer act was signed in Rome in November 2008.