2012-04-23 10:27:00

Moscow prayer in defense of faith brings together 65,000

Moscow, April 23, Interfax - A prayer in defense of the faith inside and outside Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior brought together about 65,000 Orthodox Christians from Moscow and various other parts of Russia, a city police authority spokesman told Interfax.

Representatives of 17 dioceses joined Patriarch Kirill in prayer for Russia, its people and Church, namely from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Smolensk, Kaluga, Ivanovo, Ryazan, Tula, Rostov-on-Don, Stavropol, Nizhny Novgorod, Penza, Tver, Belgorod, Vologda, Krasnodar, and Vladimir.

The Supreme Church Council decided to hold a nation-wide public prayer in response to blasphemies of recent months.