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December 02, 2010 - Today, Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament Kassymzhomart Tokayev met with Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, within the framework of OSCE summit in Astana. Print E-mail
December 02, 2010 - Today, Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament Kassymzhomart Tokayev met with Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, within the framework of OSCE summit in Astana.
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December 1, 2010 - Uniting gift Print E-mail

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An event of enormous spiritual significance has taken place in the Assumption Cathedral of Astana. The Metropolitan District of the Russian Orthodox Church in Kazakhstan received from the delegation of the Roman Catholic Church headed by the Vatican’s State Secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone a gift of Pope Benedict XVI - particle of St. Andrew’s relics.

Now thousands upon thousands of parishioners of the Dormition Cathedral of the capital and pilgrims from all over Kazakhstan will worship the great Christian relic.

Ringing of the Cathedral bells greeted the honored guests. Metropolitan of Astana and Kazakhstan Alexander delivered an eloquent speech addressing the public:

- The Holy Relics of St. Andrew is the great Christian shrine. The Apostle Andrew, revered among the apostles is the first apostle called by Christ to preach the holy Gospel. St. Andrew the First Called is the patron saint of several countries, including Russia. The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev was awarded with the Order of St. Andrew the First-Called - the highest award of Russian Federation- for the development of friendship between countries. The transfer of the relics held on the eve of the OSCE Summit in Astana is the evidence of good interfaith relations.

Vatican calls the transfer of particle of St. Andrew’s relics an extraordinary event. This was said by the Vatican’s State Secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during a press conference.

- Our churches are based on the foundation of the apostle and joined by the apostolic spirit, apostolic succession - he said.

The Cardinal noted that the issue on transfer of a particle of St. Andrew’s holy relics rest in the Italian city of Amalfi, to the Orthodox Church in Kazakhstan was discussed earlier between Kazakhstan metropolis and the apostolic nunciature.

This solution, he stressed, was born out of a deep communion between the Church of Rome and the Orthodox Church in Kazakhstan and is the moment of our joint prayer, joint proclamation of the Gospel and joint work.

- I feel the deepest joy because the relics of Saint Andrew the Apostle will be at the heart of Eurasia in the Assumption Cathedral - said Tarcisio Bertone.

Indeed the Cathedral is a special place. It was built in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Akimat of Astana city allocated a plot of land for its construction on the initiative of the President of our country.

Now it is the first cathedral, built over many decades in Central Asia. The Cathedral was ceremonially consecrated by the Holy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill in January of this year.



Valentina FIRONOVA

Photo by Yuriy BECKER

“Kazakhstanskaya Pravda”



 

 
November 30, 2010. Head of the State Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Secretary of State of the Holy See (Vatican) Tarcisio Bertone within the frameworks of the coming OSCE Summit. Print E-mail

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Issues of cooperation of Kazakhstan and Vatican in development of the interreligious dialogue as one of the most important tools for maintaining peace and accord between people were discussed at the meeting

- I congratulated the President and expressed admiration for the organizational level of the Summit. We remembered the great ideas on accord, peace and charity that could confront injustice in our world. We addressed the issues of interreligious dialogue firstly between Islam and Christianity. I hope we can come to closer cooperation and brotherly relations through mutual perception and education. Holy Father Benedict XVI sends his blessings and greetings to all people of Kazakhstan, Tarcisio Bertone said at the briefing with journalists.

Source: KAZINFORM



 

 
27 November 2010 - The head of the Metropolitan District in Kazakhstan Print E-mail
27 November 2010 - The head of the Metropolitan District in Kazakhstan, Metropolitan of Astana and Kazakhstan Alexander is convinced that cooperation between Muslims and Orthodox people of the republic will be strengthened.
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17 November 2010 Particle of St. Andrew’s relics to be brought to Astana as Pope’s gift Print E-mail
Pope Benedict XVI sends particle of St. Andrew’s relics as a gift to the Russian Orthodox Church, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the Austrian agency Kathpress.
A reliquary with relics intended for Metropolitan District of the ROC in Kazakhstan, will be brought to Astana by the second to the Pope leading person in the Catholic hierarchy - Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
The solemn ceremony of handing over of the relics will be held on the Feast Day of Saint Andrew on November 30 at the Assumption Cathedral of Astana. The ceremony will be attended from the Orthodox party by Metropolitan Alexander, the Metropolia head, with the Orthodox episcopate and from the Catholic party – by the Secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Apostolic Nuncio to Kazakhstan and Central Asia Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendía, Catholic bishops of Kazakhstan. The ceremony is expected to be attended by representatives of the governmental authorities of the country.
Experts note that Orthodox-Catholic Relations in Kazakhstan improved significantly in recent years.
Muslims predominate in Kazakhstan, the population of which is about 16 million people (according to the Statistics Agency of the Republic, Islam is practiced by 70%). More than 26% of population are Christians most of them refer themselves to the ROC.
The Assumption Cathedral in Astana, consecrated by Patriarch Cyril in January this year, is the largest Christian Church in Central Asia. It’s height - 68 meters, the area - two thousand square meters. The cathedral’s capacity is about four thousand believers.

 
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