Anonymous donors pay two months’ salary for Moscow priests during epidemic

Moscow, May 27, 2020

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While the parishes and dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church have been financially struggling during the coronavirus epidemic as parishioners have been instructed to stay home, some relief has come at least in Moscow thanks to the generosity of anonymous benefactors.

The donors recently transferred money to the Russian Orthodox Church to pay two months’ salary for the clergy of Moscow and for other needs of the Moscow Diocese, reports Interfax-Religion.

During this time of epidemic and financial struggles, “His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia asked his flock to provide material support to parishes. This request of the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church was heard,” the Patriarch’s press service reported on Tuesday.

The donated funds will soon be sent to Moscow parishes and monasteries to pay the clergy’s salaries. Assistance will also be sent to parishes with priests with young children.

The Patriarch has called on the Moscow clergy to pray for the health of the benefactors, who wish to remain anonymous.

It was earlier announced that Pat. Kirill has blessed for diocesan and parish dues to the Patriarchate for 2020 to be reduced by 25% compared to 2019 (corresponding to three months of dues).

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