A positive aspect of the present resurgence of Russian nationalism is the zeal to restore Moscows spiritual treasures.
Throughout Moscow, as in all of Russia, churches that were transformed into granaries or vodka factories have been returned to the church. The Moscow patriarchate, overwhelmed by the number of churches returned and its resources spent, has asked the West for help.
Meanwhile near the Rossiya, the worlds largest and ugliest hotel, built on the foundations of a 16th-century monastery, restorers lovingly renovate the 17th-century Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign. A sign of hope for the future of the Russian church.
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Michael La Civita is the editor of Catholic Near East.
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