Church Proposed for Site of Beslan School

BESLAN, Russia, SEPT. 14, 2004 ( The Orthodox bishop whose jurisdiction includes the town of Beslan proposed that a church be built on the site of the school that was attacked by terrorists.

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Orthodox Bishop Theophane of Stavropol and Vladikavkaz made the proposal after the local authorities announced that Middle School No. 1 will have to be demolished because of the damaged suffered in the attack, AsiaNews reported.

The bishop proposed the church in memory of the victims. His suggestion was heard by the faithful attending a liturgy recently celebrated in memory of the Beslan victims.

The bishop met with the victims’ families and prayed in the city’s cemetery, where the dead were buried in this «killing of the innocents,» as he described it.

Bishop Theophane suggested that the names of the victims be written on commemorative plaques, which would be placed inside the church.

Officials said that at least 330 died in the attack, half of them children. The wounded numbered 727, and more than 100 bodies remain unidentified.

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