Moscow. 9 Oct. INTERFAX – Uzbekistan’s growing number of Orthodox, despite the reduction of Russian-speaking population.
“The Orthodox do not becomes smaller because in this country in parallel there is very active work on catechesis, religious education. That is, the number of Russian-speaking population is decreasing and the number of Orthodox however is growing,” – said on Saturday in the program “Church and world” on TV channel “Russia 24” the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
The Bishop said that after the collapse of the USSR in Uzbekistan, began the processes that contribute to the reduction of the Russian-speaking population, currently the country has a population of 840 thousand. Thus, according to the state statistics Committee of Uzbekistan, on January 1, 2017, the country is home to just over 32 million people.
Metropolitan Hilarion underscored that the recent visit of Patriarch Kirill to Uzbekistan, where the Primate met with the believers in Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara, there were many people who wanted to greet the first Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
In the framework of his first visit to Uzbekistan, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill met with the country’s leadership, the congregation and bowed to the tomb of the prophet Daniel, worship, Christians, Muslims and Jews. The visit was timed to the 145th anniversary of Orthodoxy in Uzbekistan.