“A joint task of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Crimea and the Mejlis is to understand and explain what is ours and what is foreign,” Chubarov said.


Patriarch Sviatoslav believes that today Europe is undergoing secularization, which is the rejection of any signs of religious life from the public discourse.


“The integration process will be accompanied with the fight against corruption, economic crimes, ‘cronyism,’ the modernization of industrial facilities, improved level of public services, improved law enforcement, medical and insurance systems, etc.,” said Bishop-elect Serge Maschewski, the first GELCU bishop born in the former Soviet Union.


The mosque was restored with the support of local Muslims and sponsors. Most of the money to restore it was donated by a woman from Kuwait.


The Spiritual Board of Muslims of Crimea must actively oppose Islamist extremists, “to the point of expelling from the mosques those who violate the rules prescribed by the Muftiat,” Dzhemilev says.

“No government program, even the best social service, can replace a child’s father and mother,” said the head of the church.


In Medina the pilgrims visited Mount Uhud, the Quba Mosque, and the Mosque of the Two Qiblas. Later, the pilgrims went to Mecca.



20 October – 29 December, 2013


The Quran, thought to be about 200 years old, is said to be a complete copy with 19 cross-linked workbooks that contain all 114 Suras.

For the Eastern Rite churches, the question of fewer young people coming to the priesthood is fully as critical as it is for the Roman Catholic – and could get worse


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