The Catholic Church
For centuries Russia has been in contact with Catholicism. Individual
Catholics came to Russia as traders or diplomats. Larger groups of Catholics
migrated from Russia and Poland or were deported from the Western parts
of the Soviet Union, which were traditionally Catholic, to other parts
which were traditionally Orthodox or Muslim.
As this site develops it is hoped that a clear picture of the Catholic
Church in Russia might be provided. Its history, its present and its future,
its people and its connections with Russia, Russian culture and Orthodoxy
all remain areas of special interest.
This site would like to make a recommendation: that you become
aquainted with a typical Catholic Parish in Russia. The
parish of Syzran is an average sized parish in provincial
Russia. Its story and the tales that its parishoners have to tell, represent
what it means to be a Latin Rite Catholic in the Russia of today. How did
the parish begin, who are the parishoners, how has it grown, what difficulties
does it face and what does the future hold for it? The answers to these
questions tell a typical story of Catholics in Russia. Also from the Syzran
Home Page links to other parishes in Russia will be made.The parish
of Syzran also attempts to enter the cyber age.
Maybe you would like to become spiritually associated or a member
of the Cyber
Parish of the Holy Cherubim and Seraphim.
Catholic sites in Russia
the Center is glad to invite you to visit
the Catholic sites in Russia or sites dealing with Catholicicm in Russia.
First of all there is this Internet Center where you are
now located. Here you can find a wide range of articles and ideas dealing
with Ecumenism, Catholicism in Russia, Russian Orthodoxy, and finally Russian
Philosphy and Culture. The aim of this site is to encourage a growth towards
mutual comprehension and above all towards Unity within the Church which
is the Mystical Body of Christ.
This site offers an alternative and challenging look at contemporary
Catholicism in Russia (This is the page you are reading now).
The Catholic Church in Russia
As of yet not all parishes are connected to the net, but
a few are. Just as each parish differs greatly from one another so also
do the various sites. If you have some free time, maybe you would like
to make a cyber tour or pilgrimage of the various parishes.........
lies on the Siberian side of the Southern Urals. In the main
parish work several German priests and some American sisters who keep us
up to date with frequent newsletters.
lies in the heart of Siberia on the beautiful Lake Baikal, the deepest
in the world. Read an open letter of the pastor.
This site, run by a group of Argentinian priests is highly
recommendable. It describes the life of Catholics in one of Russia's most
beautiful and historical cities. The site offers a wide range of links
and of books on line. It is in English, Russian and Spanish.
is an isolated city in the Russian Far East. The city grew up out of the
a beautiful and historical city in the heart of European Russia, is home
to a parish which is only beginning to be born again. Help it with your
one of the cities of the Russian Golden Circle, about 200 km's from Moscow,
is a parish struggling to get official recognition, the return of its Church
and the permanent presence of a priest.
a major industrial city on the Volga River is home to a historically Polish
parish. The church here is one of the most well preserved of Catholic churches
is a small provincial city on the Volga. The parish is mostly ethnic German
and strives and thrives in an ecumenical spirit. It is not only a pleasure
for people to visit the church in Syzran, but its web-page is well organized
and makes an enjoyable visit as well.
Why not take a look at our photo
album of Catholic Churches in Russia
is a parish struggling in its revival. It suffered greatly
in the town where Lenin was born and is still struggling in the battle
with the effects and remainders of atheistic communism.
a major port on Russia's pacific coast. Not far from North Korea and China,
the parish and the surrounding areas are served by two American priests.
is a town in the center (almost north) Siberia. Here a group of Salesians
are at work.
There are also some pan Russian sites:
The New Russian Law Concering Freedom of Religion
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Maybe you would like to know how many Catholics
there are in Russia. This article looks at debatable stastics of Catholics
in Russia. It shows how many practising Catholics there are, what sectors
are decreasing and what ones are increasing, and what this radical changing
of the Catholic population can mean for the future.
Since 1991, the Catholic Church has been organised into Apostolic
Administrations. What are these? This describes what apostolic administrations
are, how they developed in Catholic Canon Law. It shows that they are an
ecumenically sensitive structure for Catholicism in Russia. The article
seeks to propose possible ecumenical developments of the apostolic administrations.
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If you would like to contribute to this home page and offer your articles,
we would be glad to consider them for inclusion. Anything that treats of
the Catholic Church in Russia and her contacts with Russian culture and
Russian religious traditions is of interest.
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