22 July 2010, 18:21
Russian Church is ready to raise abandoned children
***Saving an unborn child from abortion is more important than building churches, Moscow priest believes
Moscow, July 22, Interfax - Chairman of the Russian Church Department for Church Charities and Social Service Archimandrite Panteleimon (Shatov) believes that philanthropists should spare no expense to save unborn children from killing, because it is more important than building churches.
"There are rich people ready to support mothers-to-be. I think we can find many of them. There are a lot of business people who fund different church projects, however, saving children's lives seems much more important than building another church," he said Thursday at a press conference in Moscow on the eve of the first international festival For Life 2010.
Besides, Archimandrite Panteleimon believes that such help needs a legal support.
He offered to open Russian baby hatches where a mother can bring her newborn when she cannot afford to raise her baby.
"Our department is ready to help all women who have no means and are afraid that they will not be able to raise their baby. We can take a newly born baby to church and raise him/her there or bring him/her to a church orphanage," Archimandrite Panteleimon said.
According to him, 1 million abortions are made every year in Russia, that is, every one of seven children is killed "en ventre de sa mere". Twenty five percent of women become infertile after the first abortion.