|Russia||PUTIN SAYS POPE WILL COME TO MOSCOW IF HE CAN MEET ORTHODOX|
Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited John Paul II to visit Moscow, but the trip will take place only if a meeting with Orthodox Patriarch Alexei II is possible.|
Putin was quoted in the French weekly Paris Match.
When President Putin visited the Pope last month, he did not make this invitation publicly, which caused much disappointment among Catholics in Moscow. But, as the Russian President suggested, the Pope's visit would cause scandal if it did not serve to draw the two Churches closer. "The Pope is an intelligent man. He understands all this very well," Putin said.
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|12 July 00|