January 7, 2023, 08:20 – Public News Service – OSN

The number of front-line priests in the NVO zone has increased to dozens, but this is not enough, the head of the Synodal Department for Relations told RIA Novosti Churches with the society and the media of the Moscow Patriarchate Vladimir Legoyda.

According to the data, military priests are sent to the special operation zone on business trips. “It is difficult to give an exact number. Here we are talking about dozens of priests, but this is not enough,” Legoyda said.

According to him, the Synodal Department for Cooperation with the Armed Forces is working on the issue of increasing the number of military priests and regulating their status, social guarantees, and so on.

Vladimir Legoyda spoke about the fact that people’s gatherings are often held for the needs of chaplains, and volunteers continue to send holiday gifts to the defenders of the Fatherland.

“During the fighting, there is always room in the hearts of believers for the good news of the come Lord. There are military priests in our armed forces who will share the joy of the birth of the Savior with soldiers and officers,” he stressed.

In December, Patriarch Kirill reported that at the moment, from 15 to 25 full-time military priests of the Russian Orthodox Church are in the combat zone on business trips. In total, about 90 full-time military priests visited the special operation zone.

Formerly Public News Service informed that the chairman of the synodal department for relations between the church, society and the media of the Moscow Patriarchate, Vladimir Legoyda, said that the state supported the peacekeeping spirit of the Russian Orthodox Church.