CNS - When he visits Moscow later this month, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, will not be making plans for a papal visit to Russia, according to a spokesman for the Russian Catholic bishops’ conference.

Father Iglor Kovalevsky told the Interfax news service that discussion of a papal visit would be “premature” when Cardinal Parolin meets with Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. “The cardinal himself has stressed that this problem will not be discussed,” he reported.

Father Kovalevsky said that after their historic meeting in Cuba, Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill might arrange another meeting in a different country. But he said that he considered it unlikely that the Pope would travel to Moscow, or the Russian Patriarch to Rome. “And there’s no need to rush things,” he added.

Several times during the pontificate of St. John Paul II, Vatican officials sought to arrange a papal visit to Russia. On each occasion, talks broke down when Orthodox officials insisted that conflicts between the two churches—in particular, disputes over the status of the Eastern-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church—must be resolved before the Pope would be welcome.

Cardinal Parolin will be in Moscow from August 21 to 23. He is expected to meet privately with Patriarch Kirill and with Russian President Vladimir Putin.



Teachings of Christ

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’" (John 7:37-38 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Christ is Risen! 
O the marvel! the forbearance! the immeasurable meekness! 
The Untouched is felt; the Master is held by a servant, 
And He reveals His wounds to one of His inner circle. 
Seeing these wounds, the whole Creation was shaken at the time. 
Thomas, when he was considered worthy of such gifts, 
Lifted up a prayer to the One Who deemed him worthy, 
Saying, "Bear my rashness with patience, 
Have pity on my unworthiness and lighten the burden 
Of my lack of faith, so that I may sing and cry, 
`Thou art our Lord and God.'" 

Kontakia of Romanos, V. 1, On Doubting Thomas