«Three temples in a day»: after 30 years, the number of churches in Russia will double

© RIA Novosti / Ruslan to Krivobokova in fotomasterskie Cathedral. Archival photo«Three temples in a day»: after 30 years, the number of churches in Russia will double© RIA Novosti / Ruslan to Krivobokova the image Bank

According to statistics, in the Russian Orthodox Church opened at three churches in a day, and if construction will continue at the same pace, then after 25-30 years the number of churches in Russia will double, reaching pre-revolution levels, said the Chairman of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

«During these almost 30 years we have built more than 30 thousand temples, that is, throughout this period we have built or restored from ruins a thousand churches a year or three churches a day. This statistic applies to the entire Russian Orthodox Church on the territory of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, other Central Asian republics, the Baltic States and far abroad. In foreign countries, including the Russian Church abroad, now we have about 900 churches in 60 countries,» — said Metropolitan Hilarion in the program «Church and world» on TV channel «Russia 24».

According to him, these statistics are unprecedented. «We now have a number of temples comes to 40 thousand. At this rate, in 30 years we will have 70 or 80 thousand temples. The number of monasteries now more than 900, while before the revolution there were about a thousand — so we have already crossed the middle line. But we build temples and monasteries create not in order to catch up with some figures, and not in order to create impressive statistics, but because it required people», — said the Hierarch.

He is convinced that over time, the churches are not empty. «We must not forget that most of the 30 built thousands of temples were created. It is the money of ordinary believers and businessmen or large companies. But never the temple is not built just on the wasteland, he never just built as a monument of architecture or art. The temple is always built for the people. Moreover, first, there is the community, very often it begins to serve in any car and then only raising funds to build a temple. So I think that we absolutely should not try to frighten the fact that the churches will be empty», — said the Chairman of the DECR.