A spokesman for the MP Department for Church Charity and Social Service stated that the MP raised more than 7 million Roubles (211,000 USD. 163,000 Euros. 140,000 UK Pounds) in donations to help Syria within a few days. Donations came in from dioceses, monasteries, parishes, and individuals. The fundraising drive to collect money to help the victims of the Syrian Civil War continues. Archpriest Vladimir Vigilyansky, the rector of the Church of St Tatiana at MGU, said, “I’m amazed at the amount of donations we collected last Sunday in our church. We raised 50,000 Roubles (1,500 USD. 1,160 Euros. 1,000 UK Pounds) on one Sunday afternoon… taking into account daylight saving time and the fact that we’re a small parish… that’s pretty good! We collected more this time than we did during the drive to aid needy Greeks. Next Sunday, we decided to repeat the collection [for Syrian aid]”.
Archpriest Aleksandr Talko, the head of the Department for Church Charity of the Vladivostok Diocese, rector of St John of Kronshtadt parish in Vladivostok, said that the cathedral put up a special box for the Syrian fund drive, and, so far, people are still putting in their donations, noting, “Even now, during the summer holidays, I think that people actively responded to His Holiness’ call”. Different cities sent their donations to the MP… Ufa, Novosibirsk, Kaliningrad, and Irkutsk. Donations even came in from Krymsk, which suffered devastating floods last year. This fund-drive was in response to a call to aid the victims of the Syrian Civil War from Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias. At the conclusion of the drive, the MP will send all monies collected to the Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East.
4 July 2013
The ROCOR is part of the MP, yet there’s no mention of this important fundraiser on its official website (at least, not in an easily noticed or accessible location). Note well that they had space for a diatribe against Stalin penned by Potapov, and space for a notice saying that Archbishop Kirill Dmitrieff received a bogus “award” from the specious pretender Maria Vladimirovna… but they had no space for a notice of this important fund drive to aid the victims of the Syrian Civil War. There was “no room at the inn” for the victims of the Syrian Civil War in the ROCOR… was that due to the fact that Potapov has ties to Radio Liberty, and that the US government opposes Russia’s role in that conflict? Perspirin’ minds wanna know… follow the money… it’ll lead you to the truth (sometimes, it’s unpleasant, but it’s still the truth)…