Spanish Archdiocese Cedes a Church to Russian Orthodox

MADRID, Spain, APRIL 24, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Pamplona´s archbishop has given a church to the Russian Orthodox to serve the growing numbers of immigrants from the former Soviet republics.

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Archbishop Fernando Sebastian and the Russian Orthodox Archdiocese in Western Europe signed an agreement for the free cession of the church in Baranain, a town in the province of Navarre, in northern Spain.

The purpose of the agreement is to «ensure the offices of the Russian Orthodox rite for the numerous faithful who reside in this region,» the Spanish Catholic bishops´ conference reported.

The text of the agreement establishes a five-year period during which annual meetings for exchange of information will be held between both institutions.

During this period, the Orthodox community will be responsible for the building´s maintenance, as well as the installation of elements necessary for the practice of Orthodox worship.

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