2005-11-02 11:23:00

Archbishop Lajolo: Benedict XVI would be happy to welcome Alexy II in Vatican

Moscow, November 2, Interfax - Pope of Rome Benedict XVI would be happy to welcome Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia in Vatican, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States believes.

'I do not doubt that Benedict XVI will be happy to welcome His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II in Vatican', Laiolo said in his interview to Kommersant daily published Wednesday.

The archbishop expressed is sure that the Pope 'would love to visit Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia as well as other patriarchs of the Orthodox Churches'.

Talking about his recent visit to Moscow and his meetings with state officials, Lajolo noted: 'I am impressed by the Russian government's interest in the development of relations (between Vatican and the Russian Church - IF) so that these relations should be fraternal, sincere and trustworthy, and open for mutual understanding and cooperation'.

Lajolo is optimistic about prospects for joint programs of Russia and Vatican. 'My impression is that their future looks promising', the archbishop said referring to his meetings with representatives of the Russian government.

He further said that 'there are no serious problems in the relations between the Holy See and the Russian government'.