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Russia patriarch, Moldova agree to build cathedral in Chisinau

October 10, 2011, 1:18 UTC+3

Patriarch Kirill admitted that he likes Moldova very much since his visit to the country as the metropolitan

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CHISINAU, October 10 (Itar-Tass) —— Visiting Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and the Moldovan leadership agreed at a meeting on Sunday to build a cathedral of the Moldovan Orthodox Church in Chisinau.

“We agreed to begin the construction of a cathedral, which should be the symbol of the unity of our society,” Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat said at the meeting with the supreme hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

“We will begin to put into practice this idea next spring,” he added.

The prime minister also pledged that the republic will continue to provide the Christian education, particularly “religion basics lessons at school” and “the publishing of the books so that our children will study and grow up with the love for the God.”

Vlad Filat thanked Patriarch Kirill for his visit to Moldova. “We were waiting for you. We were preparing for your visit with all our heart. You should know that we – the citizens of the republic, we – believers, we love you and you are always with us,” the Moldovan premier noted.

“I would like to express gratitude to you on behalf of our citizens for the rain, which you brought together with you and which we were longing for,” he pointed out.

Moldova did not see the rain for three months and on Sunday, when the patriarch served the divine liturgy, a heavy rain has been going on since early morning to gladden Moldovan citizens.

Patriarch Kirill admitted that he likes Moldova very much since his visit to the country as the metropolitan. “I am feeling here always at home among hospitable, soft-hearted and fair-minded people,” he said. “Today I had an opportunity to make sure of this looking at shining faces of people. I could not look into all the faces from under the umbrellas, but when I managed to look into the face I saw shining eyes filled with kindness and love,” the patriarch noted. “I heard welcoming words addressed to me. Therefore, my visit to Moldova is filled with this optimistic mood,” Patriarch Kirill underlined.


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