RUSSIA Patriarch Kirill consecrates the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan

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07/22/2021, 09.21RUSSIA Send to a friend Patriarch Kirill consecrates the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan by Vladimir Rozanskij The solemn celebration was attended by 7,000 faithful, despite restrictions against Covid. In 2004 Pope Wojtyla returned the icon of the Mother of God to the Russian Orthodox Church. The capital of Tatarstan is a place of dialogue between religions.       Moscow (AsiaNews) – The Russian Orthodox patriarch Kirill (Gundjaev) yesterday consecrated the cathedral dedicated to the icon of the Mother of God in Kazan, capital of the republic of Tatarstan, the homeland of the Russian Tatars. The solemn celebration, to which President Vladimir Putin sent a message of good wishes, drew a crowd of over 7,000 faithful. They lined the streets of Kazan despite concerns about the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which shows no sign of abating across the country. The Patriarch came out of self-isolation on the outskirts of Moscow, where he had been since the beginning of the Covid emergency. He went to Kazan with a programme designed to avoid any risk of contagion for himself and the other concelebrants. The delegation of the Orthodox Church kept its distance from the crowds of faithful, who remained in front of the maxi-screens set up outside the cathedral, to which only 300 people, including the authorities, were admitted.

RUSSIA Patriarch Kirill consecrates the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan

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