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17394Mayor of Jerusalem visits Russian Ecclesiastical Mission

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jan 17, 2013
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      Mayor of Jerusalem visits Russian Ecclesiastical Mission
      Jan 17th, 2013

      January 17, 2013

      On 14 January 2013, Mr. Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, visited the
      Russian Ecclesiastical Mission. It was the first time that the Mayor of
      Jerusalem visited the representation of the Russian Orthodox Church
      among other places which he used to visit on the occasion of the feast
      of the Nativity of Christ.

      Archimandrite Isidor and hegumen Feofan, head and deputy head of the
      Russian Ecclesiastical Mission respectively, clerics and sisters met Mr.
      Barkat at the entrance to the Mission.

      The participants in the meeting discussed activities of the Russian
      Ecclesiastical Mission and pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Mr. Barkat noted
      that the number of tourists and pilgrims to the Holy Land in 2012 had
      reached a record figure of over three million people, with around five
      thousand pilgrims having come from Russia.

      Raised at the meeting were also issues relating to the buildings and
      other immovable property belonging of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission.

      Mr. Nir Barkat invited the head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission to
      the traditional New Year’s reception and to the International Conference
      “World Pilgrim Cities” due to be held in Jerusalem next spring.
      Archimandrite Isidor thanked the guest for the visit and expressed his
      hope that decisions would follow the discussion.

      Mayor of Jerusalem made an entry in the Book of Guests of Honour,
      expressing his gratitude to the members of the Mission for warm
      hospitality, web-site of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem