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Victims to Beslan hostage siege are commemorated in religious services throughout Russia

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.09.03 RIAN: Victims to Beslan hostage siege are commemorated in religious services throughout Russia ... 03/ 09/ 2005 MOSCOW, September 3 (RIA Novosti,
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      2005.09.03 RIAN: Victims to Beslan hostage siege are commemorated in
      religious services throughout Russia
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      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
      terrorism.
      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
      aggressiveness.
      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.
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