*** It is “not under the order, but because people do not fit in existing churches” – Metropolitan Hilarion
Moscow. May 15. INTERFAX – the Russian Church has 36 thousand temples, and their number is steadily increasing, said the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
“In 1988, when we celebrated the Millennium of the baptism of Russia, in the Russian Church had six thousand temples. We now have 36 thousand temples. We have for all these years about the same rate opened a thousand churches a year or three churches a day,” – said the Hierarch in the program “Church and world” on TV channel “Russia-24” (VGTRK).
As he said, this was “not the order, but because people do not fit in existing churches”.
“As the number of believers steadily rising, the number of churches should increase,” – said the Metropolitan.
Russian Orthodox Church Ministers to residents of a number of countries – Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia and the Baltic States, China and Japan. Communities of the Moscow Patriarchate exist in many other countries, where lives the Russian-speaking Diaspora.