Russian Church takes up administration of cathedral in Nice

The first two Russian Orthodox clerics have arrived August 31, 2011, in Nice to serve at St. Nicholas' Cathedral in the French city, which was handed over to the Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church in May this year. "The priest and deacon have instructions to take up the administration of the church after obtaining the keys and documents," the Korsun Diocese, which governs the French parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate, said in a statement.

The Russian government, whose ownership rights for the cathedral were confirmed by a French court on May 19, handed over the building to the Moscow Patriarchate for indefinite rent-free tenure.

Source: Interfax religion