The prayer of patients with HIV will draw attention to their problems, believe in the ROC

Молебен о больных ВИЧ привлечет внимание к их проблемам, уверены в РПЦ

On the international day of fight against AIDS in the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in St. Petersburg will be a moleben for the health of people living with HIV, it will be further evidence of the support that the Russian Orthodox Church has all faced with a fatal disease, reported RIA Novosti in the Department of Church charity and social service of the diocese of St. Petersburg.

“One of the purposes of prayer meetings is to attract attention to the problems of people living with human immunodeficiency virus. People living with HIV are forced to fight not only with his disease but also against discrimination in the family, at work, in medical institutions. “Stigma” that they experience, leads to depression, social escapism, the desire to hide the disease that is driving the problem deeper,” — said in the message.

The Russian Orthodox Church, as has been noted in the speeches of its Supreme authority, takes an active part in the fight against the epidemic of human immunodeficiency virus and overcoming its consequences and sees its task primarily in the spiritual support of people living with HIV and their loved ones. “The priests and parishioners pray for the health of all people living with HIV and for the repose of the souls of those who died from this disease,” — said clergyman of the Church of the Vernicle in the stables area and a member of the diocesan Department for charity Archpriest Maxim Pletnev.

Currently in Russia there are more than seven hundred thousand people infected with the immunodeficiency virus. According to experts, the real number of infected people more and approaching a million. The existing system of state measures for the prevention of disease and ensuring access to quality treatment needs to be developed, I guess in the diocese, and the task of reducing the spread of HIV infection in the country can be solved only by joint efforts. One of the main goals today, I believe in the Russian Orthodox Church should be and the development of tolerance to the people suffering from the disease.

In the prayer service, which will take place at 16 o’clock in the temple at metro chernyishevskaya will be able to involve all who care about patients and who are HIV affected personally. The names of the people living with the human immunodeficiency virus, can be sent to the email address [email protected]

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