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  • Russian church leader losing big money over emergence of new local Ukrainian church

    02/06/2019 3:49:35 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Unian ^ | 23 Jan 2019
    The creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in line with canonical principles is one way or another pushing people to get from under of Moscow's influence. It is not only spiritual support that Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) Kirill is losing as a result of the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, it is also big money, says religious scholar Vita Titarenko. With each community leaving the ROC toward the Orthodox Church of Ukraine she believes Kirill is losing the income which had earlier been receiving from them. The creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine...
  • Putin on mount Athos sat on the throne of the Byzantine emperors (trunc)

    05/28/2016 4:36:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies
    Last News from Russia ^ | May 29, 2016 | RU Admin
    Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos on mount Athos sat in the chair, which previously could only occupy the Byzantine emperors. Putin said about the need to “strengthen the spiritual power of all the Orthodox” and declared the Greek mountain “a source of well-being and grace” for the Russian Orthodox world. Putin visited Athos, having participated in events in honor of the 1000th anniversary of the appearance of Russian monks on the Holy mountain. On the website of the Kremlin promptly a photo gallery, and Greek TV covered the...
  • Over the Embrace Between Francis and Kirill Falls the Shadow of Putin

    02/12/2016 1:40:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Chiesa ^ | February 12, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    In order to meet with the patriarch of Moscow, the pope has given support to Russia's policies in Ukraine and in the Middle East, disappointing the expectations of the Christians of those regions. As he did before in Cuba.
  • Patriarch Kirill: The West is no longer Christian

    10/28/2015 1:03:01 PM PDT · by Altenkrug · 24 replies
    CypLive ^ | October 28, 2015
    Western countries do not identify themselves with the Christian tradition and harass those who defend Christian values, said Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on Wednesday at a meeting with US preacher Franklin Graham at the St. Daniel Monastery. "Russian Church during the Cold War was actively developing relations with Western Christians. We were living in difficult conditions of atheistic ideology and perceived Western civilization as Christian civilization. We appreciated the freedom in which they lived, Christians in the West, and considered them our brothers and allies" - said the Patriarch. He stressed with regret that in recent years...
  • Russian Orthodox patriarch optimistic about working with Pope Francis

    12/19/2013 3:31:40 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | December 19, 2013 | Diogenes
    Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill said that he has “great expectations” of Pope Francis, because the Pontiff’s pastoral plan “coincides with our vision.” Patriarch Kirill made this comment as he met on December 18 with Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, who is visiting Moscow this week. The Russian patriarch said that he was pleased to meet the Vatican official, remarking that he had “more and more opportunities to meet with Catholic prelates.” In November he had met with Cardinal Paul Poupard, Cardinal Angelo Scola, and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, in a clear expansion of Vatican...
  • Putin urges international community to resist repressions against Christians

    The rights of religious minorities, including Christians, are being infringed all over the planet and humanity must take measures to stop such instances, Vladimir Putin said at the meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders in Moscow. “In many of the World’s regions, especially in the Middle East and in North Africa inter-confessional tensions are mounting and the rights of religious minorities are infringed, including Christians and Orthodox Christians,” the Russian President noted, adding that such conflicts could lead to the most serious consequences. Putin called for immediate measures to prevent such situations. He added that Russia has tremendous experience in reaching...
  • Vatican Publishes Book by Patriarch Kirill - Marks Growth in Catholic, Russian Orthodox Relations

    05/15/2010 7:48:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 131+ views
    Zenit ^ | ROME, MAY 14, 2010
    ROME, MAY 14, 2010 ( The Vatican Publishing House is publishing a book by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and of All Russia. This gesture follows a similar move of the Moscow Patriarchate, which last December published a book with texts from Benedict XVI regarding European culture. Now, the Italian-language book with addresses by the Russian Orthodox patriarch, titled "Liberta e Responsabilita alla Ricerca dell'Armonia" (Liberty and Responsibility in the Search of Harmony) will be officially presented on Monday at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan The work brings together the most important addresses on human rights given...
  • Metropolitan Kirill, Benedict XVI discuss human rights, dignity

    05/19/2006 4:42:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 235+ views
    Itar Tass ^ | May 18, 2006
    MOSCOW, May 18 (Itar-Tass) - Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, met Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday to discuss human rights. During the meeting, “Metropolitan Kirill gave Benedict XVI a greetings message from Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia that had been accepted with gratitude,” the press service of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate reported. Metropolitan Kirill told the pontiff about the Declaration of Human Rights and Dignity. He shared his impressions about the conference, “Give a Soul to Europe....
  • In Moscow, the Synod Selects its Camerlengo [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    12/07/2008 2:52:04 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 308+ views
    WITL ^ | December 7, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    In what Rome could consider an early good omen following yesterday's death of Patriarch Alexei II, earlier today the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox church elected its point-man to the Vatican as the Moscow patriarchate's temporary administrator. Holder of the church's external-affairs portfolio, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kalingrad will serve as locum tenens -- literally, "placeholder" -- for no more than six months, the point when the church's statutes dictate the election of a new patriarch must proceed. A former representative of the patriarchate to the World Council of Churches, the 62 year-old hierarch (right, with B16)...
  • Russia welcomes Kirill as new head of Orthodox Church

    01/27/2009 11:44:03 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies · 782+ views
    Russia Today ^ | 1/27/2009 | n/a
    Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad has been elected the new head of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Council, which comprised clergymen, monks and laymen, announced on Tuesday the results of the voting for the post of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. Kirill has been temporarily in charge of the church since the death in December of Aleksy the Second. Kirill had previously been head of the external church relations department. He also hosted a TV programme popular among Russian believers and viewed on one of Russia’s main television channels. Kirill was an active supporter of the reunification between...
  • Minsk suggests hosting first meeting of Orthodox, Catholic leaders

    12/02/2009 5:40:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies · 203+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/2/2009
    A senior Belarusian official invited the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Church leaders to have their first meeting in Belarus in efforts to end the 950-year schism. Speaking during an online news conference on Wednesday, Leonid Gulyako, an official in charge of religious and ethnicity affairs, said Belarus was an ideal place for the historic meeting. "In Belarus, the Orthodox Church has not distanced itself from the Catholic Church. A husband and wife in a family belonging to the two different religions is a common thing in Belarus," Gulyako said adding however that 85% of believers in the country are Orthodox...
  • Relations Warms Between Russian Orthodox Church and Vatican

    05/23/2009 9:11:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 324+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 5/22/2009 | SOPHIA KISHKOVSKY
    Festivities in Rome this weekend for the dedication of an Orthodox church on the grounds of the Russian Embassy near the Vatican attest to a surprising but marked warming of relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Vatican in recent months, according to church officials and analysts. If trends hold true, they add, a meeting of the pope and the patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Russia may be close. Whether even that could begin to overcome the centuries-old hatred surrounding the two churches’ conflicting authority over Christians is another question. To mark the dedication Sunday of the Church...
  • Russian church head: Crisis also a blessing

    03/23/2009 7:30:34 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 202+ views
    AP ^ | March 22, 2009
    Calling the economic downturn a "blessing," Russian Orthodox patriarch Kirill said it would allow people to consider and re-evaluate their lives. "The crisis, in a sense, may help our people reach the right attitude toward work," Kirill was quoted as saying during a visit to Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad. "Everyone should ask himself whether his salary is proportional to his real contribution." The crisis has put millions in Russia out of work, after nearly a decade of oil-fueled growth. Kirill compared it, however, to a flood that is sweeping away economic falsehoods and excessive self-indulgence and helping to...
  • Patriarch Patriarch Kirill celebrates 33 years of his service as bishop

    03/16/2009 9:32:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 185+ views ^ | 16 March 2009
    Moscow, March 16, Interfax - Last Saturday, March 14, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill celebrated the 33rd anniversary of his elevation to the rank of bishop by his confessor Metropolitan Nikodim. To commemorate this event, Patriarch Kirill conducted the Divine Liturgy at the Moscow church of the Life-Giving Trinity in Khoroshovo and upon its completion appealed to the clergy to selflessly serve God and people without concerns for health and career. "You should never spare yourselves while serving God… You should never say: I won't do this or that to keep my health, because this is the time...
  • Kirill Urges Collaboration Among Christians - Patriarch Sends Note to Benedict XVI

    02/14/2009 6:32:46 AM PST · by GonzoII · 22 replies · 687+ views
    Zenit ^ | MOSCOW, FEB. 13, 2009
    Permalink: Urges Collaboration Among Christians Patriarch Sends Note to Benedict XVI MOSCOW, FEB. 13, 2009 ( Being a witness to Christ and the message of the Gospel is a fundamental duty of Christians, and especially of its leaders, says the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Patriarch Kirill wrote this in a message sent to Benedict XVI, in which he thanked the Pope for congratulating him upon his election as patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. The patriarch explained in the note, translated by L'Osservatore Romano, that "among the many duties of the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church,...
  • Christians-liberals once hissed off Patriarch Kirill for opposing divorces/homosexual "marriages"

    02/06/2009 6:22:59 AM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 310+ views ^ | Moscow, February 5, 2009
    2009-02-05 14:08:00Christians-liberals once hissed off Patriarch Kirill for opposing divorces and homosexual "marriages" – witness Moscow, February 5, Interfax – Head of the Information and Publishing Administration of the Synodal Youth Department Deacon Mikhail Pershin believes that one of the main talents of the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill is his ability to “secure foundations” of Orthodoxy in inter-confessional dialogue. Fr. Mikhail told in his interview to the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily how at the inter-Christian Assembly 2007 in Romania Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad specified “extremely negative” attitude of the Russian Church to legalization of...
  • Raul Castro meets with Patriarch Kirill

    02/04/2009 1:04:08 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 405+ views ^ | February 04, 2009
    Moscow, February 4, Interfax - President of the Cuban State Council and the Council of Ministers Raul Castro met with Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill in the patriarchal chambers of the Christ the Savior Cathedral on Tuesday evening. Castro was the first foreign leader Patriarch Kirill has met with in his new capacity. Last October the Russian Orthodox Church has awarded Cuban leader Fidel Castro and his brother Raul for their contribution in building an Orthodox church in Havana and interreligious cooperation. The former Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Kirill (the present...
  • Pope sends message, chalice to new Russian Orthodox patriarch

    02/03/2009 1:50:22 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 436+ views
    CNS ^ | February 3, 2009 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI gave a chalice to the new patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church and expressed his hope that Catholics and Russian Orthodox can improve their relationship. "It is my earnest hope that we will continue to cooperate in finding ways to foster and strengthen communion in the body of Christ in fidelity to our savior's prayer that all may be one so that the world may believe," the pope said. Pope Benedict's message to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow was delivered by a high-level Vatican delegation attending his enthronement liturgy in Moscow Feb. 1. The...
  • Patriarch Kirill hopes for broader dialogue with Catholics (updated)

    02/03/2009 7:41:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 460+ views ^ | 03 February 2009
    2009-02-03 12:23:00Patriarch Kirill hopes for broader dialogue with Catholics (updated) Moscow, February 3, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said he hoped relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church would further develop. The Russian Patriarch met with an official delegation of the Holy See, which attended his enthronement, at his working residence in Moscow on Monday. Patriarch Kirill "expressed the hope that relations between the two churches would further develop in an atmosphere of mutual trust and cooperation, primarily in defending and asserting the traditional Christian values in Europe and in the...
  • Kirill enthroned as Russian Orthodox Church leader (Video)

    02/01/2009 5:54:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 378+ views ^ | 1 Feb 09
    Kirill has been enthroned as the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and of all Russia and as the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. The 62-year-old was crowned at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin were in attendance along with emissaries from different branches of the Orthodox Church and foreign guests. The new Patriarch was elected to the position following the death of Alexiy II in December. Many in the country believe the new Patriarch will guide the church on a more independent path than Alexiy, as the Church tries...