Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Laid to Rest

The funeral of Russia's first post-Communist Orthodox Church leader, Alexiy II, began in Moscow's massive Christ the Saviour Cathedral.

The head of Georgia's Orthodox Church, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II, came to see off his Russian counterpart. He said he hoped the two countries could be friends again after their recent conflict.

Russian Orthodox clerics conducted ceremonies in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral on the eve of the funeral.

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