Patriarch Kirill: “If freedom violates the Divine plan, then it is not freedom, but slavery”

April 2014 "Destruction of traditional values today also affects interpersonal relations,” noted His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the meeting with members of the "Women in business" All-Russian social organization. “We know that even the facts that a marriage means relations between a man and a woman and that a choice of gender is not an intellectual ...

An Orthodox Monk from a Samurai family

Hierodeacon Nikolai (Ono). Photo: mospat.ru

19/3/14 A monk from a samurai family - A Conversation with Hierodeacon Nikolai (Ono) Hierodeacon Nikolai (Ono) comes from an old family of priests of the Japanese Orthodox Church. His great-great grandfather’s name—Priest John Ono—is often mentioned in the diaries of St1. Nicholas of Japan. We talk with Fr. Nikolai about his family and Orthodox churches of ...

Patriarch Kirill celebrates Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on the day of the 38th anniversary of his episcopal consecration

March 2014 On 14 March 2014, Friday of the second week of Lent, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Vespers and the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. That day marked the 38th anniversary of his episcopal consecration. Concelebrating with Patriarch Kirill was an assembly ...

Patriarch Kirill meets with President of the Republika Srpska

On March 11, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Mr. Milorad Dodik, President of the Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina) at the patriarchal chambers of the Church of Christ the Saviour. The meeting took place in anticipation of the 2013 Alexy II Prize award ceremony “For the outstanding work ...

Brotherly meeting of Primates of Church of Constantinople and Russian Church takes place at the Patriarchate of Constantinople

On 5 March 2014, upon his arrival to Istanbul, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia headed for the Patriarchate of Constantinople where he met with His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew. His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople warmly greeted the Primate of the Russian Church and his suite and expressed his joy over the participation ...

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with President of Macedonia Mr. Gjorge Ivanov

On 9 February 2014, at the Moscow Kremlin’s Faceted Chamber, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Gjorge Ivanov. The President of Macedonia was accompanied by Mr. Boris Josifovski, Secretary General of the President’s Cabinet; Mr. Darko Kostadinovski, State Counsellor for Foreign Policy; and ...

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill takes part in Christmas parliamentary meetings at the Federation Council

On 28 January 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia took part in the Christmas parliamentary meetings on ‘The 700th Anniversary of the Birth of St Sergius of Radonezh. Historical Experience and Modern Mechanisms of Partner Relations between Church, State and Society in Spiritual and Moral Education. Family as a Basis of National ...

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Primate of the Orthodox Church of Antioch

On 25 January 2014, at the Patriarchal and Synodal Residence in St Daniel’s Monastery, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, who is currently visiting the Russian Orthodox Church. The delegation accompanying His Beatitude Patriarch John X on his visit includes ...

Common appeal to the Geneva II International Conference on Syria by His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Great Antioch and All the East and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

On 26 January 2014 His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Great Antioch and All the East and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia issued a joint appeal to the Geneva II International Conference on Syria. The text of appeal is given below. We, Primates of fraternal Orthodox Churches, the Church of Antioch and the ...

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with a delegation from Athonite Monastery of St. Paul

On 7th January 2014, after Grand Compline celebrated at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with a delegation from the Monastery of St. Paul on Mount Athos. The delegation led by Archimandrite Parthenios (Murelatos), abbot of the monastery, brought the Gifts of the Magi to Moscow ...

Christmas Message of His Holiness Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia

7/1/14 Beloved in the Lord Your Graces the archpastors, all-honourable presbyters and deacons, God-loving monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters! Today our churches are filled with people who have come to glorify the newly-born Divine Infant Jesus Christ and his Most Pure Mother the Virgin Mary. The Nativity of Christ is the central event in all human history. ...

Holy Synod meets for regular session under chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill

On 2 October 2013, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church met for a regular session at the Synodal Hall of the official Patriarchal and Synodal residence in the St Daniel Monastery, Moscow. The permanent members of the Holy Synod are Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine; Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga; ...

International Conference ‘Monasteries and Monasticism: Traditions and Modernity’

28/9/13 On 23 September 2013, the International Conference ‘Monasteries and Monasticism: Traditions and Modernity’ opened at the Moscow Theological Academy. Taking part in the forum, organized by the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism, are archpastors, abbots and abbesses, monastics and theologians from Russia, Greece, Cyprus, Poland and Serbia. Among the members of the conference presidium are ...

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill receives representatives of Abkhazian clergy

28/9/13 On 25 September 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia received the Orthodox clergymen from Abkhazia at the Patriarchal residence in St Daniel’s Monastery. The meeting took place at the instance of the representatives of the Abkhazian clergy. Taking part in the meeting with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill were Rev. Vissarion Aplia, Hieromonk ...

Primate of Serbian Orthodox Church prays at the residence of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill

On 16 July 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia visited the Patriarchal and Synodal residence in St. Daniel’s monastery. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill welcomed him, and both Primates went to the Church of All Saints Who Shone forth in the Land of Russia. His Holiness Patriarch Irinej celebrated thanksgiving; His Holiness Patriarch Kirill prayed in ...

Patriarch Kirill Visits the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos

Patriarch Kirill arrives on Mount Athos On June 4, 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived on Holy Mount Athos, accompanied by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s administrative secretariat, and Schiarchimandrite Iliy (Nozdrin). Among the ...

His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill visit historical building of the Synod in St. Petersburg

28/5/13 His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in St. Petersburg in the evening of May 27, 2013. This day marks the 310th anniversary of the founding of the city on the bank of the Neva River. From Pulkovo airport the Primates proceeded ...

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill expresses condolences to US President over natural disaster in Oklahoma

24/5/13 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed his condolences to Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United State of America, over the natural disaster in Oklahoma. The text of the message is given below. His Excellency Barack OBAMA President of the United States of America Your Excellency, Dear Mr. President: With deep sorrow I have ...

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presented church awards to Russia’s ambassador to China and to a number of Russian diplomats

The Chinese Orthodox Church English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas 20/5/13 On May 12, 2013 at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the People's Republic there was a meeting of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Russian diplomats assigned to work in this country. In attention to the works for the good of Orthodoxy in China, ...

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill visits St. Sophia Cathedral in Harbin

  On 13 May 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, currently on a visit to China, visited St. Sophia Cathedral in Harbin. He was accompanied by Ambassador Andrei Denisov of the Russian Federation to the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Sergei Paltov, Russian Consul General in Shenyang, Mr. Zhang Lebin, deputy director of the State Administration for ...

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill receives H.E. Mahmoud Gamil Ahmed ElDieb, Ambassador of Arab Republic of Egypt to Russian Federation

On 12 April 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with H.E. Mahmoud Gamil Ahmed ElDieb, newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Russian Federation, at the Patriarchal residence in St Daniel’s Monastery. Taking part in the meeting was also Archpriest Sergiy Zvonarev, DECR ...