Expelled Bishop of Siberia Meets Pope

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 16, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II met Saturday with Bishop Jerzy Mazur of the Siberian Diocese of St. Joseph of Irkutsk.

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Bishop Mazur was expelled from Russian territory without any explanations on April 19, and made to board a plane for Warsaw.

The Polish bishop´s visa had not expired. In a statement May 7, Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls protested the lack of explanations on the part of the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Since then, the Vatican has not said if Russia gave any reasons for the expulsion.

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