In the Russian Orthodox Church declared the irrelevance of the analysis of icons in churches to the bacteria

Bacterial analysis of icons in the Metropolitan churches, held in the framework of the project “Journey of the human microbiome,” was illegal and inappropriate. On Tuesday, October 10, said the Agency urban news “Moscow” Chairman of the Synodal Department of the ROC on relations with society and the media Vakhtang Kipshidze.

“These experts, to my knowledge, have neither the necessary permits nor the rights to carry out medical or expert actions, he said. — If we consider this action as an act of creative expression, then such an act is totally inappropriate in the Church.”

According to Kipshidze, the researchers mixed the scientific approach and his ideas about creative freedom.

Conduct analysis to refute or clarify data on the detection of bacteria, the Church is not going to. “The vast majority of rectors of Moscow churches strive to observe all the hygienic rules in their wards”, —concluded the Chairman of the Synodal Department.

On September 29 it was reported that a student of British higher school of design Daria Fedorova and an employee of one of the Moscow laboratories walked six churches of Zamoskvorechye and took swabs from 10 icons. In the laboratory they found bacteria: Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Pseudomonas and Escherichia coli.