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MOSCOW, December 28 (Itar-Tass) – Russian Orthodox priests with many children, who are serving at Moscow churches, can now hope for getting comfortable housing in the short term, as follows from an agreement that the Moscow Patriarchate and the city’s Department of Housing Policy signed recently, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill I said Friday at an annual conference of clerics of the Moscow City archdiocese.
“Documents on the families of 31 priests, including the three families living in communal apartments and another eight families with six or more children have been submitted to the department,” he said.
Kirill I also indicated that the number of priests in Moscow had increased by 146 in the outgoing year, eighteen of them being graduates of theological colleges.
All in all, there are 1,300 Eastern Orthodox priests in Moscow at the moment.