Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018
MOSCOW

Pope supports Russian Orthodox church on Pussy Riot case

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(ANSA) - Moscow, October 17 - The pope supports the Russian
Orthodox Church's position that members of the Russian punk band
Pussy Riot committed a sacrilege in the Moscow cathedral in
February.
"Pope Benedict XVI expressed his solidarity with the
position of the Russian Orthodox Church on the question, and his
surprise with respect to the reaction of some of the media on
these events," read an external affairs note on the Russian
patriarch's synodal department website on Wednesday.
The note came after a meeting between the pope and the
patriarch's external affairs representative, Hilarion di
Volokolamsk.
Last month, the Moscow Russian Orthodox Church patriarch
urged the three, who protested against President Vladimir Putin
in Moscow's main cathedral, to repent the alleged sacrilege of
the church.
The three Pussy Riot members sentenced to two years for an
anti-Kremlin 'punk prayer' are currently under-going an appeals
trial.
The trio are receiving continual international support,
led by music stars.

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