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We recently shared beautiful photographs taken by the monks of the Valaam Monastery and stories of the spiritual pilgrimages made to this special place. Here we see an example of other work ongoing at the Monastery.
Monks of the Valaam Monastery Shelter 116 Refugees from Eastern Ukraine in Valaam Metochion
The monks of the Holy Transfiguration Valaam monastery have sheltered 116 refugees from Eastern Ukraine in their metochion in Priozersk. This was related by Vasily Rulinsky, press secretary of the Synodal Department for Church Charity.
“Today, we have prayed for peace in Ukraine together with refugee children from the Donbass, which our metochion has welcomed in Priozersk. To date, the Valaam metochion is taking care of 116 refugees from Southeastern Ukraine,” reports V. Rulinsky, quoting a source in the monastery.
The first refugees from Eastern Ukraine arrived in Priozersk in early June, according to the portal “47News.” They were women and children. Monks of the Valaam monastery and civil society activists collected donations for these refugees.
On June 19, the newspaper “Arguments and Facts” reported that the Priozersk and Gatchina Districts of the Leningrad region had already welcomed 300 refugees from Eastern Ukraine. The regional authorities have promised to accommodate all refugees and provide temporary accommodation for those people who have temporarily left Ukrainian territory.”
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