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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2004.11.01 ITAR-TASS: Cuban MP presents project of first Russian church to Alexy II 01.11.2004, 21.58 MOSCOW, November 1 (Itar-Tass) - A deputy of Cuban
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      2004.11.01 ITAR-TASS:
      Cuban MP presents project of first Russian church to Alexy II

      01.11.2004, 21.58

      MOSCOW, November 1 (Itar-Tass) - A deputy of Cuban parliament, Dr Eucebio
      Leal, had a meeting with the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II
      here Monday, where he presented the project of a Russian church in Havana.

      Alexy II received Dr Leal, a researcher of history of the Cuban capital,
      in his residence at St Daniel's monastery.

      Dr Leal handed President Fidel Castro's greetings to Alexy II and said
      the foundation of the church would be laid in November, while its
      construction would be over in twelve months' time.

      Alexy II thanked President Castro and Dr Leal for assistance in getting a
      plot of land for the project and in construction works.

      Father Nikolai Balashov, a secretary in charge of Moscow Patriarchate's
      relations with overseas Orthodox communities abroad said: "This will be the
      first Russian Orthodox church to be built in Cuba".

      It will not be the first Eastern Orthodox church on the Island, though,
      as Constantinople Patriarchate opened a church there at the beginning of
      the year.
      © ITAR-TASS. All right reserved.

      2004.11.02 UPI:
      Russian Orthodox church to rise in Cuba

      Moscow, Russia, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The Russian Orthodox church, the largest
      of the world's eastern Orthodox communions, is expanding into Cuba, Novosti
      reported Tuesday.

      The church's Moscow leaders said they planned to break ground this month
      in the center of Havana.

      There are an estimated 8,000 Orthodox Christians in Havana.

      Church leaders say their branch of the Christian faith is distinctive in
      its commitment to preserving the theological and liturgical traditions of
      the church fathers and also in its deep reverence of the Virgin Mary, both
      of which are prized by the island's Orthodox believers.

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