In Kazakhstan, despite some still hard-to-shatter stereotypes about the religious affiliation of the country’s individual ethnic groups, this mentality is slowly changing, explains Fr. Ruslan Rakhimberlinov, first Kazakh rector of Central Asia’s only seminary, whose father is Muslim and mother is Orthodox. Fr. Ruslan now heads the seminary in Karaganda, where he entered two years after being baptised, and thanks God for the grace of Pope Francis’ 38th Apostolic Visit abroad to the nation.

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