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Monday, April 2, 2012

MISSION: Russian Church helps sole Orthodox parish in Pakistan

Russian Church helps only priest in Pakistan

Moscow, March 29 (Interfax) - Church robes, vessels and books will be sent from Moscow to Father John Tanveer, the only Orthodox priest in Pakistan.

Material help was collected by the Cyril and Methodius Mission Charitable Foundation and Missionary Department of Saint Tikhon's Orthodox University of Humanities with the support of the Missionary Commission at the Moscow Diocesan Council, organizers told Interfax-Religion.

Last November, Father John came to Moscow and met with the students of the Missionary Department. Powerful monsoonal rains in Pakistan resulted in floods and epidemics of pyrexia. According to the UN data, over two million people suffered from the epidemics, including 500 thousand children. Then St.Tikhon's University students initiated fundraising for the suffering brothers.

"Father John with his community asks for prayers. Three hundred people out of five hundred Pakistan Orthodox believers make his parish. The community in the jurisdiction of the Constantinople Patriarchate hold divine services in the priest's house as they don't have a church," press service of the Missionary Commission mentions.