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PARIS (RNS) If all goes as planned, a golden-domed Russian Orthodox Church will flank the Seine River two years from now, a glittering symbol of Moscow's growing spiritual and political presence abroad.


  1. I wonder if they would name the church after the greatest saints of the 20th century Saint Maria of Paris and Saints Demetrie Klepnin, both were Russian immigrants to Paris?

  2. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    Interesting note at the end of the story about how traditional in morality the Russian Orthodox is and how that Church is growing, In fact the fastest growing religious groups around the world are those which want nothing to do with the moral decay of Western nations and culture. But you would never know it from reading the American media which keeps screaming that the Catholic Church and Evangelicals must obey media orders or die.
    But, in reality it is the Western “modernizers” of morality who are embracing a death wish (abortion) and dead-end worship of sterility (gay “marriage”) who are in a death spiral.

  3. Peter Maydanis

    Cannot comment on the interneciine struggle between the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Pariarch of Moscow, but the Choir at the Russian Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky used to be the greatest thing going in liturgical music when I live there in 1955-56. If their music did not move one, then the only answer is that person was unmovable.

    If you are in Paris, or are going anytime soon, check it out. You will not regret it even if Director Spasky may not be there any more.