Catholic Holiday Procession to Take Place in Moscow

June 13, 2004

Source: Russian Information Agency Novosti

On June 13, 2004 Russian Information Agency Novosti reported, "A Catholic procession dedicated to Corpus Christi, a most picturesque Catholic holiday, will go through Moscow on Sunday, RIA Novosti was told at the information center of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia. According to the information of the clergy, the holiday mass will begin in the Catholic cathedral on Malaya Gruzinskaya Ulitsa, after which the holiday procession will go from Malaya Gruzinskaya to Rastorguyevsky Pereulok, Presnensky Val, and Ulitsa Klimashkina. At the head of the procession will be Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusewic carrying the Holy Gifts under a gold baldachin. Girls dressed in white will scatter rose petals on Moscow's streets, and hundreds of Catholics with holy banners will sign religious songs. Dean of the Moscow cathedral Joseph Zaniewsky said that this would be the sixth year in a row that Moscow Catholics perform such a procession...Catholic Christianity is not considered one of Russia's traditional religions - Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism."