Roman Catholics of Uzbekistan Celebrate Easter
On Easter Eve Catholics of Tashkent and Tashkent Region, as well as from other regions of Uzbekistan gathered in the Catholic Church of Holy Jesus to celebrate one of the greatest holidays of Christianity, Easter. The ceremony started with a bonfire and candles lighting followed by readings from Old Testament and New Testament in Russian, English, Polish and Korean. The ceremony also included baptism of new Catholics, catechumens who passed at least a year of catechesis studies.
The ceremony was led by Bishop Jerzy Maculewicz.
There are approximately 2,000-2,500 Roman Catholics in Uzbekistan, concentrated mainly in Tashkent, Tashkent Region, Samarkand and Fergana Valley. Congregations mainly consist of ethnic Polish, Luthuanian, French, Letts, French and German descendants of those who served for Tsarist Russia as well as those who were deported to Central Asia after USSR invaded to Eastern and Central Europe. They were joined by members of the diplomatic corps and foreign citizens who work in Uzbekistan.
Currently, Roman Catholics of Uzbekistan have official registration in Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Fergana, and are awaiting their churches in Navoi and Angren to get registered for quite a while.
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