Patriarch on TV

Published February 1, 2002


(ENI) – Patriarch Alexei II, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church has appeared in a television commercial promoting Russia’s largest oil company, LUKoil. Officials at both the church and the oil company said it was a “natural” way to thank the company for its contribution to church restorations.

The 25-second advertisement showed the patriarch outside a church surrounded by LUKoil officials. The patriarch said: “We are grateful to LUKoil for its support of many Russian Orthodox Church projects aimed at restoring and reviving what was destroyed in the past.”

The TV commercial comes at a time when the Russian church is hard pressed to pay expenses.


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