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Two years ago, the world’s largest Orthodox Church was consecrated

The Eastern Catholic Orthodox Church, the second-largest Christian community of faith on earth, has approximately 220 million baptized members, half of which live in Russia. While the first Divine Liturgy, the Eucharistic service of the Byzantine Rite, was celebrated there during an international youth meeting on September 4th, 2016, the People's Salvation Cathedral in...

Two years ago, the world’s largest Orthodox Church was consecrated

The Eastern Catholic Orthodox Church, the second-largest Christian community of faith on earth, has approximately 220 million baptized members, half of which live in Russia. While the first Divine Liturgy, the Eucharistic service of the Byzantine Rite, was celebrated there during an international youth meeting on September 4th, 2016, the People's Salvation Cathedral in Bucharest was consecrated on November 25th, 2018 eight years after construction began. The location on Arsenal Hill had been established in 2005 in an area of five churches demolished or relocated to build the House of the...

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