The migrants from Valaam asking Patriarch Kirill of assistance

© RIA Novosti / Andrey to Archivability in potencjalny monastery on lake LadogaThe migrants from Valaam asking Patriarch Kirill of assistance© RIA Novosti / Andrey to Archivability the image Bank

Patriarch Kirill aware of the situation with the resident Balaam Varvara Sergeeva, which together with the cancer patient son relocated from the island in the Karelian city of Sortavala, told RIA Novosti the Patriarch’s press Secretary, priest Alexander Volkov.

Earlier media has published a letter Sergeeva in the name of the Patriarch, where she requests to have her living situation, which she received under the program of resettlement on the mainland of the residents of the protected island of Valaam. Sergeeva, who lived on the island since 1993, offered an apartment on the outskirts of Sortavala in a converted shop in a former meat processing plant, wet and infected with fungus.

«Patriarch informed about this situation,» Volkov said.

Answering the question of what actions will be taken by the Patriarchate, press Secretary of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church noted that «it is necessary thoroughly to understand all this history.» As he said, «this is happening now».

Holy Transfiguration Valaam monastery on Valaam island is one of the most revered in Russia. According to local legend, the Holy Apostle Andrew the first-called here destroyed pagan temples and erected a cross in these places.

The monastery was restored in 1989. Before that, half a century on the Balaam was not a monastic life, temples have been desecrated.

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