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Keeping an eye on the news from the Vatican.
BY John Lilly
Cardinal: Pope Hopes for Trip to Moscow
Pope Benedict hopes to visit Orthodox
Patriarch Alexy II in Moscow in 2007, but there are no concrete plans, Cardinal
Walter Kasper told the Associated Press Jan. 23.
He said that whatever problems still
persist to divide Christians, the Vatican was committed.
“Even if we haven’t reached the definitive ecumenical goal
... we have established a network of relations and of forms of getting closer
from which there is no turning back.”
Vatican Soccer Team to Kick Off Soon
official Vatican soccer team, composed of the best seminarians, clergy and
laymen studying in Rome, will be put together this month to compete for the
Clericus Cup (Vatican League Championship), according to Independent Catholic
Sportivo Italiano, the Catholic sports organization, said other teams will be
drawn from the many religious institutions in and around Rome, including the
nine Vatican congregations, six pontifical universities and the various national
The Pontifical Swiss Guard will also field a team.
No More Obstacles to Vatican-Vietnam Ties?
With the historic meeting Jan. 25 between
Pope Benedict and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, diplomatic ties
between the two countries should not face any more obstacles, Vietnamese
Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man told AsiaNews.
The cardinal said he and some bishops met
in late 2006 with the Vietnamese president, Nguyen Minh Triet. Both sides
discussed “development, especially in the areas of education and health care,”
the cardinal said. “I think through meetings and dialogue, the Vatican and the
Vietnamese government will understand each other better and their relations