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Nice court orders Constantinople Patriarchate to give Russia keys to St. Nicholas Cathedral

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=8838 01 November 2011, 13:17 Nice court orders Constantinople Patriarchate to give Russia keys to St. Nicholas
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      01 November 2011, 13:17
      Nice court orders Constantinople Patriarchate to give Russia keys to St.
      Nicholas Cathedral

      Paris, November 1, Interfax - A Nice court has ordered the
      Constantinople Patriarchate to hand over the keys to St. Nicholas
      Cathedral in Nice to Russian representatives within seven days, the
      local media have reported.

      Under the court ruling, there will be a penalty of 6,000 euros for every
      day of delay.

      Russia previously filed suit asking the court to order the community of
      the Constantinople Patriarchate, which is using the cathedral, to give
      Russian representatives access to the building and give them a complete
      set of keys to the cathedral.

      On May 19, a French court ruled against the Constantinople Patriarchate,
      upholding Russia's ownership rights to the cathedral. Russia, in turn,
      made a decision to hand the church over to the Corsun Diocese of the
      Moscow Patriarchate for free and unlimited use. However, the
      Constantinople Patriarchate is dragging out the handover of keys.

      In late September, the Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of
      Russian Tradition in Western Europe (the Constantinople Patriarchate)
      said it continues to consider itself a lawful user of St. Nicholas
      Cathedral.

      "The community of the Constantinople Patriarchate has no intention of
      leaving the cathedral, but it has had to stop charging for entrance,
      which, in turn, led to the dismissal of all staff who received visitors
      and maintained the church, since there was no money to pay them, and the
      closure of the cathedral to visitors outside of service hours," the
      Exarchate said in a statement.
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