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MOSCOW, August 7 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) has transferred $1,320,407 to the account of the Antioch Patriarchate. These donations were made to the churches for the past month and will be transferred as aid to people affected in the hostilities in Syria, the Synodal department for church charitable activity of the Russian Orthodox Church told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
Patriarch of Antioch John X thanked all people, who participated in the donation-raising campaign and pledged that he will present a detailed plan for the distribution of donations.
“It is of no surprise that the great Russian Orthodox Church and the great Russian nation, who supported always their sister Church of Antioch and who sympathize with a suffering Syrian nation, launched this charitable initiative,” he said in an address to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill.
The general church fund-raising campaign for the Syrian people began with the blessings of Patriarch Kirill at the end of June. The churches and monasteries as well as individuals from different cities, including Kaliningrad, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, Syktyvkar, Saransk, Murmansk, Pskov, Orenburg, Volgograd, Tula and other cities transferred the donations to the account of the Synodal department for charity activity. The material aid was given even from Krymsk, the residents of which endured a devastating flood in the previous year. The donations were also earmarked to the account of the Synodal department from Israel, Armenia, Italy, Germany and other countries.
The department of external church relations and development of the Church of Antioch helps regularly to people affected in the combat actions. People who are in need in different regions receive the humanitarian aid.