Patriarch Lauds Catholic Magazine in Russian

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II says he is very pleased with the publication of a Russian edition of the Catholic magazine "30 Days."

In a letter to its director, former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said he is "very happy to see that this authoritative monthly, published in seven languages, now also has a Russian edition."

"This special issue contains rich material on the history, cultural and present-day life of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church," the patriarch noted. He added that he is certain this initiative will promote "a fruitful dialogue between the patriarchate of Moscow and the Roman Catholic Church."

The special Russian issue of "30 Days" was produced in collaboration with Moscow's World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" and is titled "The Faith of Russia, the Unity of the Church."