Russians now hope for God’s help more, byYekaterina Sinelschikova. Russians have begun to hope for God’s help twice as often in the past 25 years, according to a poll of 1,600 people.
The rise of religious sentiment among citizens has been noticed, particularly by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Patriarch Alexander Volkov: “We experienced the first wave of religiosity just after the Soviet period, when crowds of people went to the church, but it was not always a conscious effort. Now people are doing it with more forethought.”
The church has taken notice and over the past five years, Moscow has significantly increased the number of parishes – from 894 in 2012 to 1,110 in 2015.
But this is not enough according to Volkov. “Now we understand that we need many more churches. Not one of the constructed temples is empty. All are full or are even overcrowded.”
This seems to be a factor helping Russia cope with Muslims much better than the West.
hat-tip Stephen Neil