Patriarch Kirill said the number of clergy and churches ROC

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the opening of the hierarchical Council of the ROC. 29 Nov 2017Patriarch Kirill said the number of clergy and churches ROC© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The number of regular clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church is 39,414 thousand people, said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the opening of the hierarchical Council of the ROC.

«If we talk about the total number of the clergy, regular and provincial, it is more than 40 thousand people», — said the Patriarch.

According to the Patriarch, this includes 4,640 thousand regular deacons. The increase of the clergy for the year is 521 people. He said that this is the data for the beginning of 2017.

«The number of bishops is 293 people,» — said the Patriarch, adding that it is only active bishops.

The Patriarch said that the Russian Orthodox Church, 303 diocese, which is 144 more than in 2009. Also the ROC 36,878 thousand temples, 462 male and 482 female monastery.

«These statistics include the diocese of the far abroad», — said the Patriarch.

Earlier Patriarch Kirill announced that the total number of members of the Moscow Patriarchate, «living in Russia and abroad» is about 180 million people.

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Stefanowskij of the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church. 29 Nov 2017 Patriarch Kirill said the number of clergy and churches ROC© RIA Novosti / Sergey Stefanowskij of the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church. 29 Nov 2017

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