Russian Orthodox patriarch wants to cut ‘horrifyingly high’ abortion rates

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Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (L) receives congratulations from clergy after he was crowned as the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, February 1, 2009. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin *Note: This photo may only be republished with RNS-RUSSIAN-ORTHODOX, originally published on January 23, 2015.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) "If we could just cut in half the number of abortions, there would be steady and powerful demographic growth," Patriarch Kirill said.