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Pope supports Russian Orthodox church on Pussy Riot case

Members of group sentenced to two years for 'punk prayer'

Pope supports Russian Orthodox church on Pussy Riot case

(ANSA) - Moscow, October 17 - The pope supports the Russian Orthodox Church's position that members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot committed a sacrilege in the Moscow cathedral in February. "Pope Benedict XVI expressed his solidarity with the position of the Russian Orthodox Church on the question, and his surprise with respect to the reaction of some of the media on these events," read an external affairs note on the Russian patriarch's synodal department website on Wednesday. The note came after a meeting between the pope and the patriarch's external affairs representative, Hilarion di Volokolamsk. Last month, the Moscow Russian Orthodox Church patriarch urged the three, who protested against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral, to repent the alleged sacrilege of the church. The three Pussy Riot members sentenced to two years for an anti-Kremlin 'punk prayer' are currently under-going an appeals trial. The trio are receiving continual international support, led by music stars.

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