The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (or Khram Khrista Spasitelya) is an impossible-to-miss structure on the banks of the Moskva River, just a few blocks west of the Kremlin. Originally erected in the 19th century to commemorate the Russian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Russo-French war of 1812, it is the tallest Eastern Orthodox Church. In 1931, the building was demolished to pave the way for The Palace of Soviets. But the project never got off the ground, and for many decades a swimming pool named after Lenin dominated the site. In 1997, the massive building was restored and returned to the Orthodox Church.

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Patriarch Kirill to Islamic states: More attention to Christian minorities

Kiril-BartholomewMoscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) – The Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow has urged the governments of Muslim majority states to respect Christian minorities.

Meeting ambassadors from 20 Arab States, September 4, Kirill said that » More attention to the needs of the Christian minority [in Islamic countries] would be an additional factor in the Christian-Muslim dialogue».

During the talks, held in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, the Patriarch also stressed the theme of reciprocity by stating that «Christian Orthodox churches in Arab lands the same as numerous mosques in Russia are a symbol of the friendship of Christians and Muslims, an indication of our intentions to live in friendship and mutual respect». Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »