Bishkek. May 27. INTERFAX – Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill began his first primatial visit to the Bishkek diocese.
At the airport the Patriarch was welcomed by the head of Goscomreserve Republic ergeshev a Result, the Kyrgyz Ambassador in Russia Andrei Krutko, Bishop of Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan Daniil, representatives of the local clergy.
On the way, Patriarch from the airport to Bishkek on the fence of the Orthodox Church has been deployed a welcome poster with a picture of the Primate and mediation.
The Orthodox parishes in the present diocese of Bishkek historically was part of Tashkent and Turkestan diocese, the decision about its independence was only adopted in 2011.
The first Orthodox congregation in the region were peasant immigrants from densely-populated areas of Russia. The Muslim population reacted to the new neighbors are friendly, the locals have even made donations for the construction of “Orthodox mosques”.
Currently part of the Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan diocese has six deaneries, services are held in 45 churches and five chapels, in the diocese are 44 cleric. In 2014 the diocese is headed by Bishop Daniel (Kuznetsov).
The Orthodox constitute about 17% of the population, mostly Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians.