U-Turn for Orthodoxy: In 12 Years 110 Churches Were Built in Moscow Alone

Today more than 250 new parishes have been created, including in the districts where for hundreds of thousands of people there was not a single chapel. . .

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Originally appeared at: Interfax Religion

Over the past 12 years, 110 orthodox church complexes have been erected in Moscow, said Vladimir Ressin, curator of the "Program-200," State Duma deputy.

"The total capacity of all churches built in 12 years has exceeded 53 thousand people," he said on Monday at a conference on church construction, held as part of the XXX International Educational Readings.

"Program-200" was launched in 2010 on the initiative of Patriarch Kirill, its goal is to build churches within walking distance in all districts of the capital, except the Central. As Resin noted, during the existence of the program "it has successfully crossed the line of the previously declared figures". Today more than 250 new parishes have been created, including in the districts where for hundreds of thousands of people there was not a single chapel.

According to Resin, today the program includes 207 temple complexes and another 70 on the territory of "New Moscow". In total, on the territory of the capital since 2010 there is a work on 288 addresses.

In general, at this point the program results are as follows: 95 temple complexes are in operation, 12 of which are in the "New Moscow"; ten churches were built, but have not yet been put in operation; basic construction and installation work is completed at five more churches; 46 churches are under construction, including three in the "New Moscow"; the construction of 19 churches are in preparation; 34 churches are in the design, including three in the "New Moscow"; temporary churches are installed at 144 sites.

"We have successfully kept the goal to build ten churches a year, to start construction of ten churches and to design ten churches", - the curator of the program noted.


Source: interfax-religion.ru (Russian)

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