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Russian Orthodox Church Reports at Least 3 Cases of AIDS Healing by Faith

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    http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/12/01/miracle.shtml Russian Orthodox Church Reports at Least 3 Cases of AIDS Healing by Faith Created: 01.12.2006 16:31 MSK
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      Russian Orthodox Church Reports at Least 3 Cases of AIDS Healing by Faith

      Created: 01.12.2006 16:31 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 15:35 MSK

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      The Russian Orthodox Church has known of cases in which AIDS has been
      miraculously healed, the Interfax news agency quoted Moscow
      Patriarchate spokesman Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin as saying on Friday.

      'I myself know of at least three cases in which a person who had this
      diagnosis suddenly turned out healthy', the priest said at a press
      conference at the Interfax central office in Moscow.

      He explained that such healing might happen through the prayers of
      the diseased or his or her relatives as well as through touching a
      shrine or the cross.

      Margarita Nelyubova, a DECR staff member who also took part in the
      press conference, expressed the conviction that such healings were
      possible. 'It would be strange if they were not. Indeed, there are
      known cases in which prayers and touching shrines healed mutilations,
      causing hands and feet to adhere back to the body', she added.

      She recalled that sometimes doctors stated the absence of HIV from
      those who had been found carrying it earlier, with the antibodies
      remaining in their blood though. 'But in cases of miraculous healing
      even the antibodies disappear', she stressed.

      At the same time, Nelyubova said that priests tended not to publicize
      such healings 'so that this alone may not tempt people into turning
      to God's will, because if healing does not happen they may be led to
      an even greater disappointment'.

      Besides, Father Vsevolod said, the Orthodox believers who take
      communion from the same cup as those who are HIV-infected do not risk
      contracting AIDS. 'We believe that through taking communion, touching
      a shrine or the cross, the Lord gives us strength. As Holy Scriptures
      says, 'With faith even poison does not hurt'.

      He said 'no evil force can be conveyed through touching a shrine'.

      To confirm his words, Father Vsevolod noted that priests who kiss the
      cross after many parishioners did it ail even less than other people
      and suffer from infectious diseases on even rarer occasions.
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