His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, who is in quarantine after having been in contact with a coronavirus patient, is healthy, as shown by a clinical test, reports Interfax Religion.
“The Patriarch feels well, his tests have been negative,” said Metropolitan Hilarion, Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, on the Church and Peace program on the Russia-24 TV channel on Saturday.
At the same time, the metropolitan noted that the rules apply to everyone, without exception, “and if there is a 14-day quarantine rule, then everyone, be it the Patriarch or a psalmist, has to follow it.”
“The most important thing for us now is to save people’s lives, to prevent the spread of coronavirus among the faithful,” the representative of the Church stressed.
As it was reported, the Patriarch is in quarantine. This prevented him from presiding over the celebrations at the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra on October 8 on the occasion of the commemoration day of St. Sergius of Radonezh. Instead of the patriarch, who traditionally visits the Lavra on this feast day, Metropolitan Hilarion led the service.