MOSCOW, March 21 (Itar-Tass) —— Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill calls for the construction of churches in residential areas in Russian cities following the suit of Moscow.
“There are some cities, where large residential areas were built for the last decade. These residential areas are deprived of all traces of religious tradition in the life of people,” the supreme hierarch said at a meeting of the trustee board of the foundation in support of the construction of churches in Moscow. “There are just residential houses, there is no signs that people of corresponding spiritual tradition live here,” His Holiness Kirill said.
The patriarch noted that this is not just the construction of churches “on all Russian soil,” particularly urban territories, where the Moscow experience “can be very important.” “I am aware that in many regions there are initiatives to build churches following the experience of the capital,” the patriarch noted. He finds it expedient to hold a conference under the aegis of the financial and economic department of the Moscow Patriarchate and with the participation of the eparchies to share the experience in the construction of rapidly built churches in urban entities.
Moscow is planning to build new churches, which will turn in the centres of cultural, educational and leisure life in years to come. The project envisages the construction of 200 rapidly built churches in residential areas in Moscow.