Russian Orthodox Consecrate Parish in Rome

Gee, we wonder. Is the Patriarch going to visit this parish at the Pope’s doorstep? Hmm.

(NY Times) ROME — The Vatican described a solemn ceremony on Sunday for the consecration of the first parish of the Moscow Patriarchate in Rome as a sign of further thawing of relations with the Russian Orthodox Church.

“We are happy that the Russian Orthodox community has a new church in the center of Rome. It is a sign that we are nearer to each other,” said Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who attended the three-hour dedication of the Church of the Great Martyr Saint Catherine on the grounds of the Russian Embassy.