Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Saturday 03 June |
Saint of the Day: St. Charles Lwanga and the Martyrs of Ugan...
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

Russian court orders return of Soviet-seized buildings to the Catholic Church


Alexey Nikolsky | SPUTNIK | AFP

Zelda Caldwell - published on 09/12/17

Church official warns that local officials may still block the transfer of confiscated property

What can God do in your life with one Bible verse a day?
Subscribe to Aleteia's new service and bring Scripture into your morning:
Just one verse each day.
Click to bring God's word to your inbox

A Russian court has ordered the return to the Catholic Church of a complex of Moscow buildings that were seized during the Soviet era, The Tablet reported today.

“We can confirm with joy that the Appeal Court has upheld earlier rulings, requiring the Moscow government to return this object to our Catholic archdiocese,” said Msgr. Igor Kovalevsky, secretary-general of Russia’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference. “So we have at least formally won this case. But we must still await a full resolution of the problem.”

The restitution of the complex of the 19th-century buildings has been demanded by the Catholic Church for over 20 years.

The decree comes a month after Cardinal Pietro Parolin made what was the first visit to Moscow by a Secretary of State since 1999. The visit included talks with President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russian Orthodox Church, and were said to address practical problems facing the Catholic Church in Russia, such as the confiscated Church property and the denial of visas to Catholic clergy, according to the report in The Tablet.

Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.