PATRIARCH KIRILL WARNS CLERGY AGAINST COVID-DISSIDENCE
Around 100 R.P.Ts. clergy have already died from coronavirus
Interfax-Religiia, 8 December 2020
In the period of the pandemic, around 100 clergymen and monastics of the Russian Orthodox Church (RPTs) have died, Patriarch Kirill reported.
Opening on Tuesday a remote virtual session of the Holy Synod, he identified as a lie the claim of individual representatives of the clergy to the effect that the topic of the coronavirus has been dreamed up specifically in order to divide people from the church.
"And when someone says to us, including even some people wearing sacred vestments, that no epidemic exists and that it is a fantasy and that all of this has been specifically brought into our life in order to restrict attendance at churches and in order to limit the movement of people, then our answer to this falsehood in the most horrible truth about our deceased fathers and brethren," the patriarch said.
Session participants sang "Eternal Memory" to their brethren and monks "who died from the terrible pestilence." (tr. by PDS, posted 8 December 2020)
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