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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=3093 23 May 2007, 16:22 Russian ambassador suggests reviving the tradition of veneration of St. Alexander Nevsky
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      23 May 2007, 16:22
      Russian ambassador suggests reviving the tradition of veneration of
      St. Alexander Nevsky as a patron of Russian diplomats

      Moscow, May 23, Interfax - Russian Ambassador-at-Large Mikhail
      Mayorov suggested to revive the tradition of veneration of St.
      Alexander Nevsky as a patron saint of the Russian diplomatic service.

      'Alexander Nevsky paved the way for a united Russian nation and laid
      the basis for our common interfaith toleration,' Mayorov said during
      an Alexander Nevsky Program board of trustees meeting held in Moscow
      on Tuesday.

      'The diplomats who served the old Russia regarded Alexander Nevsky as
      their patron,' he added.

      According to him, Russian Foreign Ministry has organized a department
      to cooperate with Russian history researchers and increased its
      contacts with the Russian Orthodox Church. The ministry supports
      restoration and construction of Russian embassy chapels (in Italy,
      Spain, North Korea).

      St. Alexander named Nevsky after he won a battle near the Neva river,
      was born a feudal prince. Commonly regarded as the key figure of
      medieval Russia, Alexander rose to legendary status on account of his
      military victories over German and Swedish invaders against the
      background of shrewd conciliatory policies towards the powerful
      Mongol Horde. He became Grand Prince of Vladimir (i.e., the supreme
      Russian ruler) in 1252. A decade later, Alexander died in a town of
      Gorodets-on-the-Volga on his way back from the Mongol capital
      becoming a monk shortly before his death. He was buried in Vladimir
      and canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1547. St. Alexander
      has been venerated in Russia as a patron of armed forces and diplomacy.
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