He says this was agreed in principle at a parents’ meeting last month.
‘Over 30 children of various ages showed interest in the course. Now they can learn the peculiarities of not only Orthodox but also Catholic culture as predominant in Cuba’, Father Mercury said.
For the time being the Basic Orthodox Culture will be taught once a month.
At present, there are about 5 thousand ethnic Orthodox Christians residing in Havana and in other major cities in the island. Most of them are children of mixed marriages between Cuban men and women citizens of the former U.S.S.R.
Recently a church of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has been opened in the Cuban capital. This year it is planned to build a Russian Orthodox Church in the city.