19273MP Head for foreign institutions laid cornerstones of new temples in Cambodia
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originally published in Russian by patriarchia.ru
MP Head for foreign institutions laid cornerstones of new temples in Cambodia
February 13, 2014 18:29
English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas
On 11 and 12 February 2014 the head of the Moscow Patriarchate for Foreign Institutions Archbishop Mark of Egoryevsk visited the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, accompanied the Bishop on this visit.
At the airport of the capital of Cambodia - Phnom Penh, His Eminence was met by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Cambodia; A. Yu. Tsvetkov; A.Yu. Vladimirov, Minister Counsellor of the Russian Embassy in Cambodia; S.A.Kolesov, director of the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Cambodia and embassy staff.
On the same day, Archbishop Mark of Egoryevsk laid the cornerstone, consecrated the cornerstone of the temple being constructed in Sihanoukville; it is named for the Holy Great Martyr Panteleimon and spoke to parishioners.
Upon returning to Phnom Penh Vladyka served a panikhida for departed Bulgarian peacekeepers in the church of the Holy Greatmartyr George the Conqueror on the territory of the Bulgarian Embassy and met with Svilen Popov, Bulgaria's Charge d'Affaires in Cambodia.
The head of the Moscow Patriarchate for Foreign Institutions, Archbishop Mark of Yegoryevsk also spoke with Mi Khin, Cambodia's Minister for Religious Affairs and Cults.
On February 12, Archbishop Mark visited the city of Siem Reap, where he laid the cornerstone of a temple in honor of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God and spoke with representatives of the Russian community.
Pastoral care of Orthodox Christians in Cambodia is carried out by the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand.
Government registration in the country was obtained in July 2013. The Moscow Patriarchate in Cambodia was registered by the authorities as a religious organization under the name "Orthodox Christian Church of Cambodia (Moscow Patriarchate)." The adopted decision allows opening Orthodox parishes in Cambodia, buying and registering land, building temples, religious schools, opening, freely preaching, etc.
Late last year, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, blessed constructing temples in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.
From 6 to 17 February a pastoral trip to Thailand and Cambodia was made by the head of the Moscow Patriarchate for Foreign Institutions Archbishop Mark of Egoryevsk