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Mr. Alejandro Burgos

This enthusiastic priest from Valladolid (Spain) had Russia in his heart almost since his ordination, until one day in 2002 the Church asked for priests to go to that country. There he lived the adventure of building the first sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in that country where only 0.6% are Catholics.
Don Alejandro Burgos: Russia

Pamplona - St. Petersburg

Father Burgos or Otets Aleksandr, as he is known in Russia, was a seminarian at the Bidasoa Ecclesiastical College (Pamplona), thanks to the support of a scholarship from the Roman Academic Center Foundation (CARF); later he extended his studies at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome) to work later in the diocese of Valladolid (Spain), to which he belongs. It was in 2002 when he offered to go to Russia to minister to Catholics of the Latin and Byzantine Rite, two Catholic minorities of the approximately one million Catholics living in Russia, 0.6% of the population.

Don Alejandro Burgos: Russia
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Revival of parish life

His arrival at his assignment in St. Petersburg was not easy. The parish had been without a pastor for a year and there was no community life. A year later, they managed to get the parish registered. The parishioners, he explains, "are Russian Orthodox people, who want to convert to Catholicism, but without leaving their tradition and rites".

First Fatima Shrine in Russia

This year the construction of a Shrine to the Virgin of Fatima has been approved. This is a widespread devotion in that country. Since John Paul II consecrated Russia to Our Lady of Fatima and on May 15, 2017, the Russian bishops consecrated their country also to the icon of this invocation of Our Lady.

In this sense, the icon is meant to be a call to the unity of the Church in the person of Mary under the patronage of Fatima. On the icon, in addition to the traditional letters MR ZY indicating the divine maternity of Mary, two inscriptions have been engraved. The upper one indicates the title of the icon: image of the Blessed Virgin of Fatima. The lower left one, in larger characters, reads; Toboiu Edinstbo which means In you Unity.

Don Alejandro Burgos: Russia
"I always had a missionary restlessness and when the Holy See asked for priests to go to Kazakhstan I began a process of discernment with my bishop of Valladolid, then Bishop José Delicado Baeza. From the human point of view, things went wrong and I ended up going to Russia".
Mr. Alejandro Burgos

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