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Siberian Bishop Regrets Emigration of the Russian Germans Werth: Great Loss for the Church in Siberia (Sibirischer Bischof Beklagt Wegzug der Rußlanddeutschen)

"Siberian Bishop Regrets Emigration of the Russian Germans Werth: Great Loss for the Church in Siberia (Sibirischer Bischof Beklagt Wegzug der Rußlanddeutschen)." Konradsblatt 28, 30, July 1996.

Translation from German to English by Alice Morgenstern


The Russian Germans had been the basis and the platform of the church in Siberia, said Bishop Werth, although they only formed a small part of the Roman Catholics there. Nowadays there are many people with Roman Catholic roots either of Russian nationality or from other countries, people who had not been able to practice their religion for many years, because of the lack of priests and churches. Bishop Werth, himself of Russian German origin, has been the Roman Catholic Administrator for Siberia for the last five years.

According to his estimate there is still a very marked interest in matters of Christian belief among people. But it will take many years of hard work of priests and members of catholic orders to acquaint people anew with their old faith.

The relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church are not really satisfactory, although dealings with one another have become less strained and more diplomatic.

Among other supporters the East European relief program (=das Osteuropahilfswerk): "Renovabis" granted financial aid to the Russian Catholics.

Our appreciation is extended to Alice Morgenstern for translation of this article.

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