Russian Orthodox society intends to build a church in Cuba
"An overwhelming majority of Orthodox residents are natives of the
nations situated at the canonical territories of the Russian Orthodox
Church of Russia, Ukraine and Byelorussia," states the declaration of
the Union of Orthodox citizens.
"Interfax" received the text yesterday.
There no more than fifty parishioners at the Constantinople
Patriarchy, informs the document. However, it was this particular
Patriarchy that initiated the opening of the church right in the
center of Havana. The Patriarchy has been officially welcomed by the
country's leader Fidel Castro.
Authors of the declaration reminded Cuban authorities that the
country has not provided Moscow's Patriarchy with neither a church
nor a simple room. Therefore, they have no other choice but to
conduct services at the Russian Trade Mission building.
Russian Orthodox believers expressed their anger and frustration at
Cuban authorities. "They simply ignore and humiliate thousands of
Orthodox Slavs, who have been slaving for Cuba for decades while
developing the country's industry, army and power engineering."
Russian Union of Orthodox residents regarded the Patriarchy's
connection with the opening of the Orthodox Church as a continuation
of "the split of Orthodoxy in Estonia and a slight flirting with the
idea of possible split in Ukraine."
"Why don"t they proceed with the mission in the regions where
Orthodoxy is not a practicing religion?"
Authors of the declaration deny comments of several media sources
regarding the fact that the Constantinople Patriarchy represents the
main headquarters for about three hundred millions of Orthodox
"A pompous meeting of Patriarch Varfolomei I, escorted by a
delegation of American Protestants and Cuban authorities somewhat
resembles a challenge to Russia. Moscow has left Havana and Cuba
turns to Washington with the Constantinople Patriarchy by its side.
However, Orthodox Christians along with believers of the Russian
Orthodox Church are the ones to suffer as a result of this Havana's
demarche," declares the Union.
Leaders of the Union plan to visit Cuban ambassador to Moscow
personally in order to clarify the details of the case.