Metropolitan Pavel visited parishes on Mindanao

On February 15, 2024, Metropolitan Pavel of Manila and Hanoi inspected the construction site of a new church in honor of the Apostle Thomas in the village Kinabalan. His Eminence was accompanied by Hieromonk Korniliy (Molev), Secretary of the Philippine-Vietnamese Diocese, Archpriest Anthony Isakov, dean of the Surgut City Deanery of the Khanty-Mansiysk Diocese, Archpriest Sergiy Shevchenko, dean of the Nizhnevartovsk city Deanery of the Khanty-Mansiysk Diocese, Hierodeacon Nikodim (Pirkhovsky).

The architecture of the temple has the outlines of a basilica, an ancient architectural style of the first Christian churches. Construction work began in 2021, when the site was prepared and piles were driven. Despite the complexity of the project, local workers, with the help of parishioners and under the supervision of clerics, coped with the work. The temple project was developed by the architectural department of the Khanty-Mansiysk Metropolia specifically for the conditions of the Philippines, characterized by high seismic activity and humidity. According to the project, the temple must withstand an earthquake with a magnitude of 9 points.

On the same day, Metropolitan Pavel visited the churches of the Assumption of the Virgin in Banate and of the Epiphany in Talas, gave his archpastoral blessing to the parishioners, held meetings with the clergy and the flock of the parishes