Patriarch Kirill said of the failure of 200 new churches in Moscow

Patriarch Kirill

A believer is not enough capital to build 200 new churches. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill said at a meeting with heads of diplomatic missions of Latin America in Moscow, reports “Interfax”.

“We only open the temple, but already there is no place”, — he said.

According to Cyril, since the start of the initiation of the program “200 temples” in the city built 40 churches.

In February 2016, the Chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on family matters, protection of motherhood and childhood Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov, offered to build temples on the site of the demolished Moscow outlets. “And will this section of the territory is landscaped, there will always be a beautiful garden, there are moms with children in our moving this city to rest,” — said the priest.

In 2015, began protests in the North-East of Moscow against temple in the Park “TORRANCE”. Protesters stopped construction equipment. In a scuffle with them were joined members of the Orthodox movement “forty times Forty”. In the end, the Moscow urban planning and land Commission has approved construction of the Church is inappropriate.

The 200 churches programme launched in 2011. The rationale for the project was the fact that Moscow is the lowest among other regions of Russia the number of such institutions in terms of the number of followers of the Orthodox citizens. Thus the Church, for the calculation of the ROC must be located within walking distance from the place of residence of the believers.