Russia, EU should set up strategic planning committee — former foreign ministerRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 23, 6:07
DPR to raise issue of Ukrainian forces’ shellings in DPR’s south — envoyWorld October 23, 5:06
Georgia’s Orthodox patriarch to visit Moscow to mark Russian patriarch’s 70th birthdaySociety & Culture October 23, 4:21
Iraqi forces enter last settlement on northern approaches to Mosul — mediaWorld October 23, 3:56
Azerbaijan’s president says his country will not increase oil outputBusiness & Economy October 23, 3:29
Second round of parliamentary election to be held in Lithuania on SundayWorld October 23, 2:49
Russian Duma delegation to take part in BRICS forum, IPU Assembly in GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 23, 2:11
Ceasefire in Syria violated 44 times in 24 hours — Russian reconciliation centerWorld October 23, 1:36
Russian national delegation would be more effective at US election — expertRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 23, 1:09
MOSCOW, September 24. /ITAR-TASS/. In spite of combat operations in Ukraine’s southeast, most of the clerics have been staying with their parishioners, even at the risk for their lives, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church told reporters on Wednesday.
“We have learnt about victims among the clergy and about those who were tortured and interrogated harshly,” Patriarch Kirill said. “We know about churches that were damaged by bombings. Certainly, to stay with their people is a deed of valour /for the clerics Itar-Tass/.”
The situation when the priest leaves his parish is “abnormal from the ministerial point of view as external sufferings cannot be an excuse for leaving the service.”
Along with this, the patriarch said that one should not blame those who had gone as all circumstances were not known.
Three priests died of bullet wounds in Ukraine in the past three months.
Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Church Metropolitan Onufry called on the Ukrainian President to avert any attacks on churches and clergy from the Ukrainian military reporting to Kiev.
On August 1 experts from the Russian Strategic Studies Institute made public data from Ukrainian and Russian media which reported 62 incidents of attacks on either churches or clergymen of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reporting to Moscow Patriarchate that occurred since January.