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The Catholic community

The Catholic community in Buryatia was set up in the second half of the XIX century. The members were mainly qualified workers who came from Poland, Lithuania to build Transsiberian railroad. In addition to the Poles and Lithuanians, Czechs and Italians who lived in the territory of Buryatia were also Catholics.

By the beginning of the ХХ century, the number of Catholics in Verkhneudinsk (the Upper Udinsk) increased, and therefore the need to build a Catholic church arose. V.I. Zalevsky, I.L. Gaze, G.L. Khrostsitsky initiated the construction of the cathedral. In 1907, they filed a request with the municipal administration on the allocation of the cathedral construction site. The church was consecrated on July 24, 1909, by Mogilevsky bishop Jan Tseplyak.

The Catholic Church existed for 21 years. After the October revolution, almost all religious organizations were closed down. The Church in Verkhneudinsk (the Upper Udinsk) was liquidated in 1930.

The revival of the Catholic Church in Buryatia began in the 90-s years of the twentieth century. On August 31, 1999, the Catholic parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ was officially registered in Ulan-Ude, and in 2002, the construction of a Catholic church began. His Grace Bishop Kirill Klimovich performed the rite of consecration on June 5, 2005.

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