Moscow, May 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church speaker told about its difficult financial situation which became a result of limitations during the coronavirus pandemic.
"Religious organizations have been placed in an extremely difficult situation in these two months (...) It is clear that a religious organization lives on donations: no people - no donations," head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda said at online hearings at the Public Chamber on Friday.
However, he said that in spite of the difficult situation, religious organizations became centers for extending charitable help.
As was reported, Orthodox churches in Moscow and the Moscow Region were closed before the Holy Week on April 13 and services in them were attended only by clerics. Mosques and synagogues of the Moscow Region closed even earlier. The same limitations were introduced in all regions of the country with negative epidemic situation.
Absence of parishioners resulted in lack of financial income and seriously stroke at church budget. Patriarch Kirill abolished the "tax" from dioceses for three months of this year and allotted funds to support the most suffering parishes and charitable church projects.