Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society RK Nurlan Yermekbayev has visited the Catholic Cathedral of the Mother of God of Relentless Help in Astana, where he met with Archbishop of Rome-Catholic Archdiocese Tomasz Peta.

The meeting focused on topical issues of interaction between the state and religious associations, strengthening interfaith harmony in the country.

Nurlan Yermekbayev noted the important role of the Roman Catholic Church in the spiritual life of the country's citizens, its contribution to the strengthening of peace and tranquility, and the development of Kazakhstan's society.

The Archbishop expressed gratitude to the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Akimat of the North Kazakhstan region for constructive consideration of the issue of repair of the road from the village of Kellerovka to the village of Ozernoe (North-Kazakhstan region), where the Catholic Church of the Mother of God - Queen of the World is located and to where believers from all over the world make pilgrimage. Located here is the second most important after Jerusalem Catholic shrine - the altar of worship "Star of Kazakhstan".

In his turn, Archbishop Tomasz Peta spoke about the history of the construction of the Cathedral, about cultural and educational work with believers to shape spiritual values, the atmosphere of peace and tolerance, unity and cohesion of the people of Kazakhstan.

The opening of the newly built Cathedral of the Mother of God of Relentless Help in Astana took place in 1999. In Kazakhstan, there are 80 religious associations of the Roman Catholic Church that have been re-registered and are officially registered in the country.

At the end of the meeting, Minister N. Yermekbayev congratulated the Archbishop and in his person the faithful of the Roman Catholic Church with the Great Lent and the forthcoming Day of Gratitude.

Press Service of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Civil Society of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Published: 28 February 2018

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