Dear Readers: A long time supporter of the Mystagogy Resource Center has informed me that they would like to donate $3000 to help me continue the work of this ministry, but they will only do it as a matching donation, which means that this generous donation will only be made after you help me raise a total of $3000. If you can help make this happen, it will be greatly appreciated and it would be greatly helpful to me, as I have not done a fundraiser this year. If you enjoy the work done here and want to see more of it, please make whatever contribution you can through the DONATE link below. Thank you!
(Total So Far - Day 8: $2640)

July 23, 2010

Russian Church Ready To Raise Abandoned Children

Saving an unborn child from abortion is more important than building churches, Moscow priest believes.

July 22, 2010

The chairman of the Russian Church Department for Church Charities and Social Service Archimandrite Panteleimon (Shatov) believes that philanthropists should spare no expense to save unborn children from being killed, because it is more important than building churches.

"There are rich people ready to support mothers-to-be. I think we can find many of them. There are a lot of business people who fund different church projects, however, saving children's lives seems much more important than building another church," he said Thursday at a press conference in Moscow on the eve of the First International Festival For Life 2010.

Besides, Archimandrite Panteleimon believes that such help needs legal support.

He offered to open Russian baby hatches where a mother can bring her newborn when she cannot afford to raise her baby.

"Our department is ready to help all women who have no means and are afraid that they will not be able to raise their baby. We can take a newly born baby to church and raise him/her there or bring him/her to a church orphanage," Archimandrite Panteleimon said.

According to him, one million abortions are made every year in Russia, that is, every one of seven children is killed "en ventre de sa mere". Twenty five percent of women become infertile after the first abortion.