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200 Orthodox churches to be built in Moscow

Catholic World News - May 05, 2011

The mayor of Moscow has pledged that “there will be no problems and delays” that would hinder a plan by the Russian Orthodox Church to construct 200 churches in the Russian capital.

The city of 10.5 million is in “the last place in terms of the ratio between the number of churches and the number of Orthodox believers,” said Patriarch Kirill. “Two hundred churches will not fully solve the problem, but they will change the situation radically, because we will have the chance to work with the people living within walking distance from the churches.”

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  • Posted by: tonydecker513018861 - May. 05, 2011 10:48 PM ET USA

    Unfortunately the Russian Orthodox Church is the least likely to join the Catholic Church anytime soon, because of the political influences that are entrenched in it's hierarchy. It is a state religion, and even the believers view it is a national church, rather than part of some larger Universal Church. Still, this is good news, maybe a sign that Russia is in fact having a conversion. Thanks be to God!

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - May. 05, 2011 6:42 PM ET USA

    The state giveth, the state taketh away. Actually, this could be good news because Rome and the Orthodox are on a fast track toward some kind of unity. But Moscow never does things without a reason and Islamic advances elsewhere in Europe may have alarmed the Russians. Wouldn't it be great that a formerly godless state had to turn to God for protection?

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