2005.09.03 RIAN: Victims to Beslan hostage siege are commemorated in
religious services throughout Russia
03/ 09/ 2005
MOSCOW, September 3 (RIA Novosti, Olga Lipich) - Orthodox and Catholic
churches, mosques, synagogues, and pagodas across Russia will hold services
today to commemorate the victims to the September 2004 Beslan hostage siege.
"The Russian Orthodox Church is expressing deep condolences and support to
those who lost their near and dear, to all people of Beslan and North
Ossetia," the Russian church leader, Patriarch Alexy II, said in his
address to believers on Saturday.
Talgat Tadzhuddin, Russia's chief mufti, has suggested conducting prayers
and sermons in mosques throughout the country on Saturday to denounce
The Russian Muslim leader said terrorists were trying to sow distrust and
hostility among countries and people of different religious beliefs.
"Let those who sent murderers to the long-suffering Russian and North
Ossetian lands be cursed," said Mufti Mukhammedgali Khuzin, the head of the
executive committee of the Central Religious Department of Muslims.
Russia's chief rubbi, Berl Lazar, has called on Jews to go to synagogues on
Saturday to demonstrate "solidarity, help, and humanness" in response to
Russia's Traditional Buddhist Sangha, community, will also hold
commemorative services in all its pagodas on Saturday.
Moscow's Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady will
conduct a mass for the victims to the Beslan tragedy today.
Three hundred and thirty-one people, including 186 children, were killed
when terrorists seized a school in the Russian town of Beslan in North
Ossetia in the North Caucasus on September 1-3 and when troops stormed the
building later, 918 people were rescued.