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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Churches Sign Accord

VATICAN CITY () -- Top-level Vatican officials and Orthodox leaders in Russia have signed an accord denouncing the intolerance and nationalism that have fed antagonism among believers.

A text of the document, which was recently signed in Moscow, was made available Saturday, the Italian news agency AGI reported. Both sides pledged to work together on preparations for millennium celebrations.

The document denounced the "manifestations of religious intolerance and of nationalism'' in recent years in Ukraine and Romania that sprung from misunderstandings between Uniate Catholics, who follow the authority of the pope, and Orthodox who follow the authority of the Russian patriarch.