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“Conversion of Russia” Update:

Russia Revokes Key Priest’s Visa

by Christopher A. Ferrara

The “conversion” of Russia marches on. As reported by CWNews.com on April 13, 2002, “Father Stefano Caprio, an Italian priest who served in two parishes near Moscow — and also wrote occasional reports for the Fides news service — had his visa revoked when he left Russia for a trip back to Italy earlier this month. He was identified as a ‘persona non grata’, and accused of espionage.”

According to CWN, the Vatican has protested the visa revocation as “a ‘grave action’, and a blow to friendly relations.” I would also call it a model for how the regime of Vladimir (“the practicing Christian”) Putin intends to deal with the Catholic Church if and when it ever poses a threat to his bogus “democratic” regime.

According to an unnamed Vatican official: “This is the second time in less than a year that such an action was taken against the Catholic Church in Russia.” The other case involved Father Jozef Opiela of Poland who was “unable to secure a visa, although he was serving as secretary to the Russian bishops’ conference.” Shades of the Khrushchev and Stalin era. Indeed, according to CWN, another Vatican official has protested that the revocation of Father Caprio’s visa on grounds of “espionage” is a tactic that “recalls the regrettable practices of the Soviet era.” And so it does. But somehow, the Fatima revisionists have failed to notice the trend.

In addition to this new development, CWN notes that Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, who is Archbishop of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God at Moscow (which is rather like the President at the United States) has expressed concerns about “a possible rash of anti-Catholic actions in Russia. Speaking to the Italian daily Avvenire, the archbishop pointed to the halt in construction work on a Catholic church in the town of Pskov, west of Moscow.” (I cover this development in another column.) Kondrusiewicz notes that the construction was halted after “a protest by the local Orthodox bishop, who spoke of Catholics as ‘enemies of the Russian people’.”

So, visas for key priests are revoked on grounds of “espionage” and the construction of churches is halted because Catholics are “enemies of the Russian people.” Meanwhile, Valdimir (“the practicing Christian”) Putin sits Sphinx-like in the Kremlin, watching the growing persecution of the Catholic Church in Russia unfold.

And all this, the dupes of Fatima revisionism tell us, is a sign of the “miracle” of Russia’s “conversion” since the “consecration” of 1984. Their willful blindness only grows more profound with each passing day.