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MOSCOW CHURCH ORDERED TO STOP FEEDING HOMELESS

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www2.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/1105h.html#30 Church s social ministry curtailed MOSCOW CHURCH ORDERED TO STOP FEEDING HOMELESS SOVA, 23 May 2011 On
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      Church's social ministry curtailed
      MOSCOW CHURCH ORDERED TO STOP FEEDING HOMELESS
      SOVA, 23 May 2011

      On 20 May 2011 it was learned that Moscow authorities told volunteers in
      the church of Kosma and Damian in Shubino that it is necessary for them
      to stop feeding homeless persons. This demand was based on the necessity
      of observing cleanliness in the center of the city; the church is
      located opposite Moscow city hall.

      For several years, parishioners of the church have fed hot lunches to
      homeless persons twice a week. Each time several hundreds of persons
      have received food. The parish is still continuing to feed the homeless.

      On 27 May 2011, Bishop Panteleimon, the chairman of the synodal
      department of RPTs for church charity, sent an official letter to Sergei
      Sobianin requesting the allocation to the church of premises for helping
      needy people "within the borders of the Central Administrative District,
      but away from busy streets, to which the church (of Kosma and Damian)
      would be able to move its ministry for feeding the homeless and giving
      them social aid," on an open-ended and costless lease. (tr. by PDS,
      posted 31 May 2011)
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