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Top Vatican brass in Moscow

MOSCOW (SE): News media in Russia reported early in August that the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, was set to fly to Moscow on August 20 for a five-day visit. Although the dates of the visit had not been confirmed by the Vatican, it did say that he would make the visit before the end of August.
 
In the event, Cardinal Parolin arrived in Moscow on August 21 and during his four-day visit met with the Patriarch Kirill and the Metropolitan Hilarion, both from the Russian Orthodox Church.
 

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Russian Orthodox leader backs military intervention in Syria

Moscow (CWNews): Patriarch Kirill from Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has lent his support to Russia’s military intervention in Syria, the Interfax news agency reported.

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