A unique picture of inter-religious tolerance can be viewed in a Northeastern Bulgarian village called Kamburovo, with local Muslims working to rebuild a church.
Muslims are not only volunteering to rebuild the church in Kamburovo, Municipality of Omurtag, but some of the funds for the reconstruction of the Christian temple were actually provided by the mosque in the village, the BGNES news agency reported Thursday.
A record high 135-meter statue of an angel will be built in Cyprus. Provisionally named The Kind Angel of the World, the statue will dwarf the Christ Statue in Brazil, the Statue of Liberty in the US and the Giant Buddha Statue in China.
The transparent figure of an angel holding a golden pigeon will tower over countries and continents, as if taking all people of the planet under its wings. The authors of the project believe that it symbolizes unity of peoples of different nationality and religion.
On October 12, the same day Brazilian Catholics honored their patron saint, Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady of Aparecida), Brazil also celebrated the 80th anniversary of Rio's famous Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue.
"The monument is an icon of Rio de Janeiro," said Rio's Archbishop Orani João Tempesta. He said the statue "represents the Brazilian citizen: as a person who follows Jesus Christ, and welcomes others, as the monument does with its open arms."
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America officially signed an agreement today on rebuilding the church of St. Nicholas, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that he, joined by Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, representatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and St. Nicholas Parish and Majority Leader Dean Skelos, signed the agreement that permits the rebuilding of the Church with a nondenominational bereavement center at the east end of Liberty Park, at 130 Liberty Street. The agreement follows a four-month independent engineering study commissioned by the Port Authority and the Archdiocese, which found that the Church could be built on the site with minor modifications to the original plan and with no impact on the World Trade Center construction schedule.
In Rio de Janeiro the 80th anniversary of the raising of the statue of the Christ Saviour with outstretched hands, agencies reported today.
This statue is the fifth biggest statue of Christ in the world and the symbol of the Olympic games which will be held in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.