The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill said that for seven years he is the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia was built five thousand temples, reports TASS.
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“If you take from 2009 to January 2016, the five thousand temples increased our Church, for 10 thousand increased the number of clergy, 122 increased the number of monasteries,” – said the Patriarch.
He also noted that Moscow has increased the number of parishes they were 160 more, taking into account new areas of the city.
In addition, for the period almost doubled the number of dioceses and bishops: from 159 to 296 and from 200 to 361 respectively.
We will remind that on Sunday, November 20, Patriarch Kirill was 70 years old. Before this, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Patriarch the order “For merits before Fatherland” I degree.
In a congratulatory telegram the President noted his contribution to the development of interreligious and interethnic dialogue, as well as to the strengthening of peace and social harmony in Russia.