The Moscow Patriarchate is fundraising for needs of Orthodox believers who suffered from the earthquake in Japan.

“We start collecting aid in Sts Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow. We’re fundraising for needs of the country’s Orthodox communities,” head of the Synodal Department for Charities and Social Work Bishop Panteleimon of Orekhovo-Zuyevo told Interfax-Religion on Tuesday.

According to him, there is no any accurate and detailed information about damage inflicted to Orthodox churches in Japan.

“However, we know that some churches were badly damaged, one or two are destroyed,” the bishop said.

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