Lisbon, Portugal, January 27, 2018
An agreement was recently signed for the use of a Catholic church by the local Russian Orthodox community in Lisbon, Portugal during a pastoral visit of Bishop Nestor of Korsun, reports the site of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The bishop made a pastoral visit to the Russian parishes in Portugal from January 18 to 21.
On the first day of his visit, the hierarch visited the offices of the local Catholic archdiocese where he met with the Patriarch of Lisbon Cardinal Manuel Jose Clemente.
Bp. Nestor told the Catholic prelate about the history and modern situation of the parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Western Europe. The parties also exchanged views on the development of Orthodox-Catholic cooperation in various fields and exchanged gifts.
The meeting concluded with the signing of an agreement on the long-term free leasing of a Catholic church in central Lisbon to the local Russian Orthodox community. The Church of Sao Domingos is located in the prestigious waterfront area of Lapa.
That same day, Bp. Nestor and the clergy of Portuguese parishes celebrated the rite of the Great Blessing of Water in the freely leased church.
Bp. Nestor was consecrated on September 6, 2010 in Moscow by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Holiness Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa to serve in Western Europe, overseeing parishes in France, Spain, Switzerland, and Portugal.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church also recently opened two parishes in Portugal within two months.