The Russian government has asked parliament to amend a bill that would set jail terms for "offending religious feeling".
The measure was proposed
by lawmakers after last year's Pussy Riot protest at a Moscow cathedral.
Critics have said it may harm Jews, Muslims and others outside the
Russian Orthodox Church.
But one of the lawmakers who sponsored the
bill, said a phrase seen to favour the Russian Orthodox Church would be
removed and the legislation would protect all religions operating
legally in Russia.
Meanwhile, the UK director of Aid to
the Church in Need, Neville Kyrke-Smith, recently travelled to Russia
and visited a number of regions where ACN is providing pastoral support
both for the Russian Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church.
spoke to Lydia O’Kane about how the Orthodox and Catholic churches in
the country are being brought closer by common concerns.
seemed to me there had been a sort of sea change partly because of the
common threats we had.” He goes on to say that increasing Islamic
fundamentalism and secularism in the country, is a cause for concern for