Moscow Patriarch prays for Russia, Ukraine, entire historic Rus in New Year sermon

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4/1/15 TASS/. Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill I has voiced the wish for the incoming year 2015 to be a time of God’s blessing for all parts of the historic Rus, which embraces today’s Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and falls into the canonical realm of the Russian Orthodox Church. “We are going through a knotty ...

Moscow Patriarch Arrives in Poland for Landmark Visit

Marcin Sobczyk 16/8/2012 WARSAW—Patriarch Kirill I on Thursday began his visit to Poland, the first ever by a head of the Russian Orthodox Church in the country once controlled by Moscow. Polish and Russian bishops are set to sign a joint declaration on Friday by the two nations, seeking reconciliation between the historic foes whose relations remain strained. “It’s ...

Historic visit by Moscow Patriarch

Kristina Boudylina 9/6/2012 CYPRUS welcomed Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow who arrived yesterday for an official visit at the invitation of Archbishop Chrysostomos II. The Russian Patriarch arrived on a special flight at 12pm for a four-day visit accompanied by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Bishop Solnechnogorsk Sergei and other clergies and dignitaries of the Russian church. The official welcoming ...

Five new dioceses to reinforce the authority of the Moscow Patriarch

by Nina Achmatova 06/06/2011 The synod approves the reorganisation of the canonical territory, still based on the Soviet framework with parishes in the same dioceses at a distance of 1,000 kilometres. Moscow (AsiaNews) – The Russian Orthodox Church is expanding its pastoral work and setting up five new dioceses. The decision was taken on 31 May at a ...

Patriarch’s meeting with Pope getting nearer – Metropolitan Hilarion

26/11/2010 Moscow, November 26, Interfax - The meeting between the Moscow Patriarch and the Pope is getting nearer each day, the Russian Orthodox Church said. "Each day brings us closer to this meeting between the Pope and Patriarch," head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, told journalists in Moscow. "Right now ...

Moscow Patriarch mediates handover of Azeri saboteur’s Body

5/10/2010 The mediation of Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus Kirill I in returning the body of the Azerbaijani saboteur, killed in NKR-Azerbaijani line of contact, is in process, His Grace Bishop Arshak Khachatrian of Holy See of Etchmiadzin told the reporters on October 5. Karekin II informed Kirill I the Armenian side was always benevolent, whereas ...

The Moscow Patriarch to be elected on Jan 27

Moscow, January 20, Interfax - Candidates for Moscow Patriarchal See will be elected at the Archbishop Council on January 25, while the Patriarch will be elected on the first day of work of the Local Council, on January 27, a statement posted on the official website of the Councils reads.The agenda of the Local Council ...