The Russian Orthodox Church has collected 200 tons in humanitarian aid and raised 15 million rubles for the victims of Russia's raging wildfires, the Asia News website reports today (August 17, 2010).
Since the end of July, fires have raged in central Russia. Early estimates put total damages at around $15 billion.
"As regards to the aid organized by the Church, I am very satisfied with its amount," said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
He added, "I think that everything that has happened has helped all of us understand how important solidarity is, without which life is impossible in human society. May God grant us all the power to grow in unity and solidarity."