Church Returned
The governor of Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, has returned a Roman Catholic parish in Sevastopol (Crimea’s largest city) to the Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol. The parish was closed in 1936 under the Stalin regime and became a cinema. “It is difficult to find the words to express our joy,” said Auxiliary Bishop Jacek Pyl. “History is rich in wounds, a closed and desecrated church is one of them.”

This bodes well for the Catholic Church since it has no legal existence in Russia.

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