Russians should not fear catching Covid-19 in places of worship because epidemiological measures are being followed, and believers are protected by “the grace of God,” the head of the national Orthodox Church has claimed.

Speaking on Monday at a service in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urged the faithful not to fear contracting coronavirus in holy spaces.

“I regret that the circumstances surrounding the pandemic are certainly reducing the number of faithful attending church,” Kirill told the congregation. (RT)