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Metropolitan Hilarion willing to participate in trials of vaccines against coronavirus

The head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said he was ready to become one of participants of the Russian vaccine against coronavirus.

The TV channel "Russia 24" the anchorwoman asked Metropolitan Hilarion that he would agree to become one of the pioneers who will test on itself a new vaccine.

Metropolitan Hilarion criticized the decision of Turkey's Hagia Sophia

The decision of the Turkish authorities on the conversion of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul from a Museum into a mosque was a blow to the world Orthodoxy, head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

"It's a blow to the entire world to Orthodoxy, because for all Orthodox Christians throughout the world, the Hagia Sophia is such a symbol, like the Catholic St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, so it is with great regret that decision," said Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) in the broadcast channel "Russia 1".

Metropolitan Hilarion: Saint Sophia once again a mosque in the Ottoman era

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday posted on Twitter a photo signed by him of the decree. "Resolved: to transfer the management of Ayia Sofia Dianyu (management on Affairs of religion of Turkey – ed.) and open it for worship," reads a historical document. What does this turn in destiny of a monument of UNESCO, which in recent decades was the Museum than it is to explain whether there is still a compromise and how to change the status of Hagia Sophia will affect Russian-Turkish relations and the pilgrimage, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. Interviewed By Olga Lipic.

Metropolitan Hilarion commented on the decision in Hagia Sophia

The transformation of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque looks like deliberate worsening of relations both in Turkey and in the world, said in an interview with RIA Novosti head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

The question of how the decision of the state Council and Turkey signed on Friday the decree of President Tayyip Erdogan about the cancellation of the Museum status of Hagia Sophia and opening it for worship of Muslims will affect Russian-Turkish relations, pilgrimage and tourism, he said, "Certainly, will complicate them."

ROC welcomes any measures to reduce the number of abortions

The Moscow Patriarchate supported the proposal by children's Ombudsman of the Russian Federation Anna Kuznetsova to cut funding for clinics performing abortions, and restrict the sale of drugs for abortion.

Earlier Kuznetsova in the annual report stated that the system of protection of children's right to life and against violence needs additional legislative measures. She called the restriction of the sale in pharmacies of drugs for abortion, and changing the system of financing of medical institutions, in which the amount of funds allocated inversely proportional to the number of abortions.

ROC called the only reason for removing children from the family

Domestic violence should be the only reason for removing children from the family, the guardianship bodies in Russia, in some cases, his duties formally, the head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

He explained that if, for example, one or both parents suffer from chronic alcoholism and child systematically exposed to violence, his life and health in danger, it is, of course, a good reason to remove the child from the family.

ROC suggested not to call literary prize in the name of the assumption

The Moscow Patriarchate is considered possible to name children's literary award "the Big story" some other name, not the name of the writer Eduard Uspensky, in connection with recent media with new negative facts of his life, said Saturday the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

Earlier, the Russian state children's library (RGDB) has announced a competition for the best logo of the new prize "a Great tale", which was suggested to name in honor of Eduard Uspensky. After this, some media reported that the native writer's daughter Tatiana asked not to be award in the field of children's literature by the name of the father. The assumption accused him, in particular, domestic violence and alcoholism. In her letter she expressed the opinion that the award should not carry the name of such person.