17 June 2015, 11:09
Catholics will try to abide by law on foreign-funded religious organizations
Moscow, June 17, Interfax - The Embassy of the Vatican in Russia said it was prepared to abide by the law on foreign-funded religious organizations if it is passed.
The State Duma's profile committee approved the relevant amendments on Tuesday.
"If this bill becomes a law in the Russian Federation, the Catholic Church will live and act in compliance with the new law and try to abide by it," Cultural Attache for the Vatican embassy in Russia Giovanna Parravicini told Interfax-Religion.
"But this law should leave an opportunity for Christians to extend international, inter-Christian and interfaith aid to each other," she said.
"In this sense the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government have always been caring and attentive, if we do think about Christians under reprisals in the East, in Asia and in countries where serious challenges have emerged to civilization and Christianity," Parravicini said.
"Catholic chartable organizations did and do help religious cultural organizations - both Catholic and Orthodox. In this respect the Catholic Church considers itself an international and multinational organization," she added.
"In this connection I would like to find a response in the Russian Orthodox Church to international solidarity of all Christians. It is important for Christians and believers in this world, where everyone is in conflict with the other, to demonstrate solidarity and to offer aid that crosses the borders of all nationalities and all states," she said.