Patriarch Kirill sends a priest to Paraguay capital for its only Orthodox church

Source: Interfax-Religion

November 2, 2016

Photo: http://www.synod.com/
Photo: http://www.synod.com/
A
priest from Russia, Hieromonk Pavel (Zhuravlev) has
arrived to his place of ministry – the only Orthodox
church in Asuncion.

He was sent by the decision of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow
and All Russia to give pastoral care to the community of
the Protection Church, the press service of the Synodal
Department for Church, Society and Media Relations
reports.

The priest celebrated a liturgy there and talked to the
members of the parochial community.

Russian emigrants set up a parish of the South-American
Diocese of the Russian Church Abroad in 1924 with the help
of Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) and the local
Orthodox community, which consisted of Arabs and Serbs.
The number of parishioners started reducing from the
1960s, and regular divine services were ceased, resuming
only in 2012.

This February Patriarch Kirill, at his meeting with
descendants of Russian emigrants in the Paraguay capital,
promised to send a priest there.

“I rejoice to hear that the only thing you want is to
have a priest here and it absolutely redeems your guilt of
not mastering the Russian language. I bow you to you for
this. We will try to make your wish come true,” he
said at that time.

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