ROC need the help of the Ministry of culture in the salvation of the rural churches, the Patriarch said

© Photo : from the site of the temple blagochestiye Achinsk near Krasnoyarsk. Archive photoROC need the help of the Ministry of culture in the salvation of the rural churches, the Patriarch said© Photo : from the website of the Achinsk deanery

The Russian Orthodox Church needs the assistance of the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation and other departments in the restoration of old churches in rural areas, which has national significance, said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on Wednesday at a meeting of the Supreme Church Council.

«Issues of restoration of ancient churches in sparsely populated areas is very important and should be addressed in collaboration with the Ministry of culture and other agencies because of the efforts of the Church and volunteers for a comprehensive solution to this problem is not enough», — quotes the words of the Patriarch’s press service.

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church called the revival of the old rural churches «salvation of the Russian landscape, our country, our cultural space.»

According to the Patriarch, the restoration of churches sometimes entails the settlement of the territory around them, there are people who are willing to live together permanently or at least part of the year. «And let there be service four times a year, but if the restored Church, he’s saved… So I asked the Patriarch’s Council for culture to have as a priority the preservation, salvation of the closed churches, especially in those places where there are no settlements,» — said the Patriarch.

In late may, the Chairman of the Patriarchal Council for culture, Metropolitan of Pskov and Porkhov Tikhon (Shevkunov) reported that all dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church by September 2018, will prepare a list of religious sites in need of urgent restoration. This decision was taken on the first all-Russian conference «the Diocesan drevlehranilische. The Church and museums» in Moscow.