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Moscow, December 6, Interfax - The heads and representatives of all Orthodox churches, many other churches, and other prominent religious leaders will come to Moscow to attend the burial ceremony of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia.

"Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia, Archbishop Hieronymus II of Athens and All Greece, and Metropolitan Christopher of the Czech Lands and Slovakia have already confirmed their participation in the mourning ceremonies," Moscow Patriarchate spokesman Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion. It was reported earlier that the Roman Catholic Church will be represented at Patriarch Alexy II's funeral by Walter Cardinal Kasper and Roger Cardinal Etchegaray. A number of other Catholic hierarchs are also expected to attend the ceremony, Chaplin said.

The Armenian Apostolic Church will be represented at a high level, the Church of England will be represented by Bishop Richard Chartres of London, and the Evangelical Church of Germany by Bishop Martin Schindehuette, he said. U.S. Rabbi Arthur Schneier, the head of The Appeal of Conscience Foundation, Iranian Ayatollah Mohammad-Ali Taskhiri, Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Department Allahshukur Pasha-zade, and other religious leaders will also come to Moscow, he said.


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