‘New era’ in Russian-Polish relations20 July 2012
Russia's Orthodox patriarch has dedicated an Orthodox church in Katyn forest, where 4,400 mostly Catholic Polish officers were massacred by their Soviet captors in 1940.
"Nothing so joins people together as common suffering if it is recognised as common," said Metropolitan Kirill I. "I believe a new era of development in Russian-Polish relations may begin from this place, thanks to an awareness of shared tragedy."
The church leader was preaching during Sunday's service at the new Resurrection church, which will include an altar displaying Poland's national Black Madonna icon. He said Katyn was one of many communist-era "Russian Golgothas", adding that 16,000 Russian citizens had also been killed there, including the local Orthodox metropolitan, Serafin of Smolensk.
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