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19.10.2010 - Information for Media Print E-mail

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       Today, Speaker of the Senate of the Parliament, Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev received special envoy of US President Barack Obama on establishment of a dialogue with the Islamic world, chairman of the religious non-governmental organization “Cordoba Initiative” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, taking part in the World Spiritual Forum which began its work yesterday in Astana.

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14.10.2010 – Information for Media Print E-mail
Today, Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament, Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev received members of the Working Group of Secretariat of the Congress.
K. Tokayev thanked all the participants of the meeting of the Working Group of Secretariat of the Congress, held in Astana on 13-14 October of the current year for a successful and fruitful work in promoting interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
Members of the Working Group approved the draft Concept of the activity of the Council of Religious Leaders. The initiative to create such a document belongs to President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.
As the Speaker said, the concept of the document will be approved at the IV Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in 2012. During the next meeting of the Secretariat, to be held in May 2011, it is planned to discuss the form of adoption of the Concept of the Council of Religious Leaders, determine the date of the event, subject and agenda of the IV Congress.
The participants highly appreciated the contribution of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the global process of dialogue among civilizations and strengthening the principles of tolerance and mutual understanding. It was noted that interfaith dialogue is becoming an important tool for achieving unity and harmony among nations, and Congress – a qualitative new platform for cooperation among representatives of different religions.
Press Service of the Senate
 
07.10.2010 – On 6 October 2010, the first meeting of the winter session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church opened at the Patriarch’s working residence in Chisty Side Street. The session was chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Print E-mail
The Holy Synod, having considered the formation of new dioceses in the Republic of Kazakhstan decided to form in Kazakhstan, with the subsequent approval by the Bishops’ Council:
* Within the Karaganda region - Karaganda diocese by selecting it from the Almaty and Shymkent dioceses;
* Within the Kostanai and North Kazakhstan regions - Kostanay diocese by selecting it from the Shymkent and Uralsk dioceses;
* Within the Pavlodar and East Kazakhstan regions - Pavlodar diocese by selecting it from the Alma-Ata diocese.
Titles of ruling bishops of new dioceses: Karaganda and Shakhtinsk; Kostanay and Petropavlovsk, Pavlodar and Ust-Kamenogorsk.
Interim management of Karaganda diocese is entrusted to Metropolitan of Astana and Kazakhstan Alexander.
Bishop Anatoliy (Aksenov) is defined to be Eminent of Kostanai and Petropavlosvk (Journal No. 96).
Archimandrite Barnabas (Safonov), the governor of Sanaksar monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God of Saransk diocese was elected as Bishop of Pavlodar and Ust-Kamenogorsk (Journal No. 97).


Source: Press Service of the Patriarch of
Moscow and all Russia, October 6
 
27.09.2010 - Press release Print E-mail
     The session of the Working Group of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions with the participation of the representatives of the different confessions and religious organizations, well-known theologians will be held on October 13-14 in Astana.
     The Working Group will discuss the draft of the Concept of the Council of Religious Leaders, an initiative tabled by President of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev at the III Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions held in July 2009.
     Members of the Working Group will also consider the agenda and the dates of the X Session of the Secretariat of the Congress of the Religious Leaders.

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24.09.2010 - Kazakhstan may become the moderator in the dialogue of civilizations Print E-mail
     Kazakhstan in 2011 will be Chairing in the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), thus obtaining a unique chance to “build bridges” between East and West, director of the OSCE Department of the MFA of Kazakhstan Serzhan Abdykarimov said.In 2010 Kazakhstan is chairing in the OSCE, and in the next, staying in the ruling “OSCE Troika” (current, previous and future Chairmen of the organization), will lead the OIC.
    “Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the OSCE and the OIC will allow to synchronize the agendas of European and Asian organizations with more than 50 Member States in each. Geographic, political, civilizational situation of Kazakhstan itself makes it the mediator between East and West both literally and figuratively” – Abdykarimov said to RIA Novosti.
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