Poland Protests Expulsion of Catholic Priests from Russia

WARSAW, Poland, SEPT. 19, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz deplored the recent expulsion from Russia of a Polish bishop and two Polish Catholic priests.

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“We profoundly deplore this event, especially because the Russian authorities have not explained the reasons for their decisions,” the Polish Prime Minister said in statements reported by Agence France-Presse.

Cimoszewicz said that his government transmitted his country’s “critical reaction” to the Russian ambassador in Warsaw, and asked Moscow to explain the expulsions.

In a statement Sept. 10, Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls protested over the expulsion of Father Jaroslaw Wisniewski.

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