The Russian Orthodox Church denied the death of Archpriest Dimitri Smirnov

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The Russian Orthodox Church denied the death of Archpriest Dimitri Smirnov
Moscow. October 9. INTERFAX - Archpriest Dimitri Smirnov's entourage denied rumors about his death that APPEARED on social NETWORKS on Friday afternoon.
"This is not true. I personally spoke with father Dimitri ten minutes ago," priest Fyodor Lukyanov, who recently replaced Archpriest Smirnov as head of the Patriarchal Commission on family issues, told Interfax.
The source said that father Dimitri's struggle with the consequences of the coronavirus is not easy, but "the dynamics are positive."
The priest suggested that someone might have got it wrong, having learned that the day before in the Church where father Dimitri serves, a funeral service was held for one of the clerics who died after a long illness.
Источник: http://www.interfax-religion.ru/orthodoxy/?act=news&div=75883
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