May 27, 2016
The Orthodox world unites over 300 million believers, over
half of them believers of the Russian Church, the head of
the Synodal Department for External Church Relations
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk reports.
“As to the number of believers, it holds the second
place in the world after the Roman Catholic Church. The
Russian Orthodox Church has 193 dioceses, 354 hierarchs,
about 35,000 churches, about the same number of priests,
and almost 5,000 deacons,” the hierarch said speaking
before chairs, lecturers and cadets of the Military
University at the Russian Defense Ministry.
He noted that since 1988, when the 1000-year anniversary
of Russia’s Baptism was celebrated, the Moscow
Patriarchate has opened a thousand churches a year, which
makes three churches a day.
“There has never been such unprecedented growth of
the Church in history,” the metropolitan stated.