A meeting of the Papal of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis and the Russian Patriarch, President Vladimir Putin, representing the Russian Orthodox Church has been scheduled to hold on the 25th of November, even as Mr. Putin announces his divorce with his wife, Lyudmila Shkrebneva.Putin, following the footsteps of his predecessors and in continuation of his usual practice would embark on this diplomatic sojourn to the Vatican in an attempt to strengthen the ties between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
The now Prime Minister and former President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, who had earlier in 2009 paid similar visit to the Vatican, again in 2011 met with the immediate past Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Benedict XVI. This practice has been said to be triggered by patriarch Kirill who was the helmsman of the diplomatic arm of the Russian Orthodox Church four years.
These series of meetings between the two groups has been said to be geared at restoring a full-fledged diplomatic relationships between them, which had been badly hampered during the period of the Soviet Union.
Meanwhile, the Russian president, Mr. Vladimir Putin just recently made public announcement of the end of his thirty-year old marriage with his wife. Putin gave the reason for the divorce as owing to the fact that they (Putin and his wife) hardly had time for each other as both of them have their separate lives to live.
Putin said, “It was a joint decision: we hardly see each other, each of us has our own life”.
On her part, the wife of the President of the Russia speaking on the divorce said, “the divorce is a civilized one … we would remain close”. She equally added that the two children of the marriage, Maria and Yekaterina, who are in their twenties are grown ups and can take care of themselves.
The Russian Orthodox Church which was founded in 988 has over 150,000,000 members worldwide, the church is the world’s largest Christian church, only second to the Roman Catholic Church which has over 1.2billion members worldwide.
Article by Michael James