Orthodox Christians in Monaco
(Monaco) In the Principality of Monaco, Orthodox Christians have become the second strongest religious community after the Catholic Church. They have outclassed the Protestants in the country.
The conditions are clear, the Catholic Church is by far the largest religious community. Because of the well-to-do reputation of the country, Protestants have settled down as well. More recently, statistics have indicated that there are six percent of Protestants and "small Orthodox communities" in Monaco. That has changed in recent years. The increase is due to immigration from Orthodox countries of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Since 2012, there is a Greek Orthodox parish in the small principality that belonged to the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation until 1803. In November 2017, a permanent branch of the Russian Orthodox Church was established. There are also Orthodox believers from Ukraine, Belorussia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Moldova, Montenegro, Macedonia and Georgia. It’s an ascending trend.
From 13-16 June the 100th anniversary of the Russian tsar's family was celebrated in the Principality. The members of the tsar's family were murdered by the communists after the October Revolution and are today worshiped (venerated) by the Russian Orthodox Church as martyrs and saints. Three descendants came for the occasion in the chic place on the Mediterranean.
The same development is also evident in other places in the Latin West, particularly strong in Vienna, where there are four times as many Orthodox students as Protestants at compulsory schools.
Text: Martha Burger
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