Catholic Dioceses in Russia
Russian Catholics Invite Pope to Visit
ZENIT, 4/21/2005
Russia - MOSCOW, APRIL 21, 2005 ( Catholic Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God of Moscow has invited the newly Pope Benedict XVI to visit Russia.
A message sent to the Holy Father expresses "the hope of a visit of
yours to Russia to reaffirm us in the faith and to develop the
dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church."

"I wish to assure you, Holiness, that Russian Catholics will support
you with their prayers and will ask the Lord to give you the physical
and spiritual strength" to realize "the difficult mission that has been
entrusted to you," he adds.

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz also wrote a letter, which will be read in
parishes during next Sunday's Mass, in which he mentions that some
books of then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, such as "Introduction to
Christianity," are very popular in Russia.

The prelate believes that Benedict XVI will help the Church of today
"to find the remedy against the pernicious influence of secularism and