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05.01.2011 –Third Supplemental Meeting of OSCE on freedom of belief was held in Austrian Hofburg palace in Vienna December 9-10, 2010. Print E-mail
      As part of Kazakhstan delegation, alongside with representatives of MFA and Committee on religions affairs, G. Syzdykbayev, member of Secretariat of Conference of leaders of world and traditional religions took part in event.
      More than 200 people in all participated in Meeting, including representatives of delegations of member-states, international and NGO.
     Large interchange of views on issues of providing the liberty of conscience and religion, matters and barriers on the way of implementation of commitments in this sphere, issues of theological education, as well as exercise of religion and promotion of beliefs by means of religious symbols took place during the forum.

December 03, 2010 - Kazakhstan will promote interfaith dialogue during its chairmanship in the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). Print E-mail
It was promised by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev responding to questions from reporters at a news conference at the conclusion of the OSCE summit in Astana on Friday.
“In June 2011 Kazakhstan will take over the chairmanship of the OIC. I suppose that interfaith, intercultural disagreement existing in the world is ambiguous. As you know, some people speak of a clash of civilizations. I do not agree with it. This is not a fatal moment, because none of the Holy books preaches murder, terrorism, or something like that”, - said Nursultan Nazarbayev.
It is time for heads of religions to sit down at the negotiating table for an honest and open dialogue, said the President of Kazakhstan, who has proposed the area of Astana for this meeting- the Congress of World and Traditional Religions. “We have an opportunity, and I’ll try to make the OIC helpful in achieving such a dialogue, however it is not a religious organization”, - concluded Nursultan Nazarbayev.


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.
December 1, 2010 - Uniting gift Print E-mail


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


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.



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