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Papal spokesman says Russia deporting priest amounts to persecution

Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls has suggested that the deportation of yet another priest from Russia signals that the Catholic Church in Russia is subject to 'true persecution'.

"This is such a serious act that now there is talk of a true persecution," he said.

"The most worrying thing is that the Holy See has not received any official explanation regarding the motives for these expulsions," he added. "The Holy See will try to resolve the problem through diplomatic channels."

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The Catholic Church in Russia
Holy See Press Office

Vatican Information Service

11 Sep 2002