Saturday, October 27, 2007

Roman Cathlic bishop consecrated in Russia: for the first time since 1917

Today in Moscow, for the first time since the Communist Revolution in 1917, a Catholic bishop was consecrated on Russian soil.

The ceremony, held in a packed Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in central Moscow, marked the end of one era and the beginning of another for the Catholic Church in Russia, as the new bishop, Paolo Pezzi, a 47-year-old Italian theologian, took over the leadership of the Catholic Church in Russia's capital from the Belorussian Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, 57, who will move to a difficult assignment in Minsk, the capital of Belorussia.

More, thanks to Spero News and Inside the Vatican's Robert Moynihan.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!