Russian Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill wore a mask during the first synod meeting of the year in Moscow’s Danilov Monastery on Tuesday, video posted on the Church’s YouTube channel showed.
The Open Media news website reported that this is the first time the Patriarch has been spotted wearing a mask in public.
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Patriarch Kirill earned a reputation for being a mask skeptic and the Church was lax in enforcing rules requiring them to be worn in places of worship.
The church began to take measures to counter the infection only after many clergy became ill with the virus.
The Russian Orthodox Church now identifies mask-wearing as a “Christian duty.”
Pastor arrested for allegedly doing meth with parishioners and exorcising toddler
An Arkansas pastor was arrested for allegedly doing meth with parishioners and conducting an exorcism on an emaciated toddler.
Lloyd Lasker Jr, who runs the House of Refuge and Deliverance Ministries church, was detained by police at a gas station allegedly in possession of methamphetamines and a pipe.
Police say they were earlier called to the church to do a welfare check and found a bruised and emaciated 21-month-old child and his mother.
The woman told them that the boy was “possessed by a demon” and the youngster was admitted to hospital with a brain bleed and malnourishment.
When police arrested 49-year-old Lasker in Mayflower, Arkansas, he reportedly admitted trying to carry out the exorcism but would not give officers any details.
Officers say he told them he did not know the drugs or pipe were in his truck but supposedly admitted taking the drug with parishioners and the boy’s mother.
When Lasker’s home was searched police found a shotgun, which as a convicted felon he was banned from possessing.
Lasker was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a gun by a convicted felon.
He was released from custody on a $7,500 bond and will appear in court in October.