Group of Catholics in Argentine decide to convert to Orthodoxy after Patriarch Kirill’s sermon

Source: Interfax-Religion

November 23, 2016

Asuncion, February 2016. Photo: https://mospat.ru
Asuncion, February 2016. Photo: https://mospat.ru

The collective of the Caritas charitable
organization in Argentinian Curuzu decided to adopt
Orthodoxy as they were deeply impressed by Patriarch
Kirill’s sermon during his tour to Latin America this
February.

“During the patriarch’s visit he (a
Caritas official from Curuzu) watched the
transmission from Asuncion. He was deeply touched by our
primate’s words and the fact that he visited the small
provincial town of Asuncion and served in a small church
and gave such a wonderful sermon,” Metropolitan
Ignaty of Argentina and South America said on the
Soyuz TV channel.

“He started studying Orthodoxy and eventually
together with his staff, there are about twenty people,
decided to convert into the Orthodox faith,” the
hierarch said.

Asuncion, February 2016. Photo: https://mospat.ru
Asuncion, February 2016. Photo: https://mospat.ru

According to the metropolitan, his name is Ernesto and he
is now taking a distance seminary course and is going to
become a priest. Moreover, he built a small church
together with his companions.

The metropolitan also told about a Catholic monastery in
Brazilian Santa Rosa, where they venerate Orthodox icons
and even learned to make them in the Russian style.

He npted that there is great interest in Russian culture
in South America. Many people learn Russian, there are
clubs dedicated to Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Leo Tolstoy,
Russian movies based on classical literature are very
popular, and an emigrant from Russia chairs the faculty of
the Russian Literature in Sao Paulo University where she
managed to attract a collective of the best translators
who translate Russian classics into the Portugese
language.

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