Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/UZBEKISTAN – Testimony of the new parish priest in Samarkand: “Let God’s beauty shine through the joy of fraternity”
Samarkand – “A month has passed since our arrival in Samarkand. During this first phase, we seek to define pastoral priorities. For example, we think that we have to launch maintenance works in the St. John the Baptist Church. It is a very beautiful building of worship, built 105 years ago in Gothic style, visited by many tourists, but also a bit old and empty. This is why we believe that it is necessary to refurbish it and, at the same time, strengthen its identity and decorum, so that whoever enters feels welcomed. Two other areas of commitment are the launching of new works of charity and the creation of an oratory in Salesian style, a point of connection between the charisms of our Congregation. We would like to set up a football pitch, a volleyball court and create a space where young people have the opportunity to spend time.