The presentation took place Monday in the context of the conferences
organized to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican
Council's pastoral constitution "Gaudium et Spes."
Cardinal Martino, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice
and Peace, is making his first visit to Russia.
He asserted that the Compendium "might signify a point of accord
between the Catholic and the Orthodox Church," and added that the
pontifical council he heads is committed to dialogue and agreement
between the two Churches.
For his part, Father Byzhanov, secretary for Inter-Christian
Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department of Religious
Relations, said that the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the
Church is "an excellent witness of the tradition shared by both
The priest agreed with Cardinal Martino that the document is of
extraordinary importance in the context of present-day society and
that it might be a great instrument of collaboration between the
Orthodox and Catholics.
The second presentation of the Russian-language Compendium of the
Social Doctrine of the Church will take place Thursday in Moscow.
That day Cardinal Martino will end his six-day visit to Russia.
Among those attending the Monday presentation were Archbishop Tadeusz
Kondrusiewicz, of the Catholic Archdiocese of the Mother of God in
Moscow, and Father Antuan Zondag, representative of Caritas-France,
the organization that, together with St. Paul's Publications,
sponsored the translation of the Compendium into Russian.