EUROPE/RUSSIA – The Catholic community will pray the Rosary for peace with the Pope
Moscow (Agenzia Fides) – “I invite all the faithful to pray together, here in the Cathedral, the Rosary in communion with Pope Francis, at the end of May, on Tuesday May 31, which, as we know , is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We join the Pope and, through him, the universal Church, in imploring the gift of peace in Ukraine and in all parts of the world where often forgotten conflicts are taking place.” So Msgr. Paolo Pezzi, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Mother of God in Moscow, at the end of the celebration of the Solemnity of the Ascension, which he presided over in the crowded Catholic Cathedral of the faithful, announced yesterday, May 26, the participation of the Catholic community of Moscow to recite the rosary requested by Pope Francis. As Fides learned, it will be possible for the faithful to follow the live broadcast of the event in the same Cathedral. Bishop Pezzi will then preside over the Eucharistic celebration, during which people will pray for peace.
The Catholic Church in Russia immediately mobilized to help refugees and those who needed help due to the situation in Ukraine. To this end, as can be learned on the official website of the cathedral (https://www.catedra.ru/), it is possible to make a donation through three different channels: the Caritas of Saratov (diocese of San Clemente), which directly deals with refugees in the Rostov region; the Interfaith Foundation for the Promotion of Humanitarian Projects (Mežreligioznyj Fond Sodejstvija Realizacii Sovmestnych Gumanitarnych Proektov); and the Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow, which then sends the monies paid directly to the Holy See. The reason for donating in each of the ways listed is a solidarity contribution to refugees. The Catholic Cathedral of Moscow, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of Mary, is a neo-Gothic style building built at the beginning of the 20th century. Like all other buildings for worship located on Soviet soil, it has gone through the different phases of the contemporary history of the Church in Russia: closed in 1938, at the time of the so-called great Stalinist purges, it was desecrated and used by the communist regime as a warehouse and market, later coming back into the possession of the Catholic Church after the collapse of the USSR and reconsecrated in 2005. To date, Catholics in Russia make up less than 1% of the population total of the Federation. (CD) (Agenzia Fides, 05/27/2022)