Sunday, June 1, 2014

Orth. Rel. Leaders Consecrate Church in Albania; Patriarch Bartholomew Leads Tirana Consecration

Leaders of Greek Orthodox churches in Europe and Asia consecrated the Resurrection of Christ Cathedral in Tirana -- the capital of Albania -- today (June 1, 2014), the Greek Reporter website reports.

The consecration service -- a major event for all Orthodox Christian churches -- was led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Also taking part in the service were the patriarchs of Jerusalem and Serbia, the archbishops of Cyprus, Athens, Warsaw, and Tirana, as well as representatives of the Patriarchs of Moscow, Bulgaria, Georgia, and Syria.

The complex of the new Resurrection of Christ Cathedral -- situated in downtown Tirana -- includes the Chapel of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, a bell tower, and the Cathedral center that symbolizes the rebirth of the Autocephalous (self-governing) Albanian Orthodox Church.

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