New Armenian Cathedral Opens In Moscow

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(Russian Patriarch Kirill (left) and Catholicos of All Armenian Karekin II (center) attend the ceremony of consecrating the Armenian Apostolic Church Cathedral in Moscow, September 17, 2013)

September 17, 2013
MOSCOW: A new cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church has opened in Moscow.

Armenia’s Catholicos Karekin II presided over the consecration ceremony on September 17.

Guests at the ceremony included Armenia’s President Serzh Sarkisian and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as representatives of other religions.

The cathedral is the largest outside Armenia and can hold up to 1,000 worshippers.

Its construction began eight years ago and was funded by Russia-based Armenian and Russian sponsors.

It is only the fourth functioning Armenian Apostolic church in the Russian capital and is intended to serve Moscow’s sizable Armenian community.

Besides the cathedral, the church complex includes also a chapel, an educational complex, a residential building for the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, a museum and an exhibition hall.

Reported By RFE/RL’s Armenian Service

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