Monday, August 30, 2010

Patriarch Kirill: Moscow Needs 591New Churches; Moscow Has One Church for Every 40,000 People

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes 200 Orthodox churches that are to be built by Moscow city authorities in frames of a special program are not enough, according to the Interfax-Religion website.

"If we take a relative figure that corresponds to the statistics of Baptism (about 80 percent of ethnically Orthodox population) then take Moscow figure on the average Russian rate of 11,200 people per parish, we need 591 churches more," the Patriarch said today (August 30, 2010).

According to a research study on churches and people correlation conducted by the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow has one church for every 40.000 people.

Patriarch Kirill also said 90 percent of ethnically Orthodox people live in Moscow.

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