Extremism is fuelled by lack of religious awareness – Patriarch Kirill

Moscow, January 28, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said the best way to prevent extremism and radicalism is to increase the level of religious education. “The religious feelings of people, in particular, Muslims, are now exploited to cause these people to commit radical actions. Many people indeed genuinely take the horrible path of ...

On Easter eve Patriarch Kirill urges society to leave behind “the spiritual emptiness”

Moscow, April 14, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated clerics and parish on the coming feast of Easter. "May our behavior, in contradiction to the evil spirit of this age, become the visible affirmation of Eternal Truth. For, although we live today in conditions of social and religious freedom, the striving to ...

Patriarch Kirill warns people against rallies and urges not to listen to populists

Moscow, February 1, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urges believers to share his prayers about Russia as the country "is going through a very responsible and difficult stage of its development." "Let's unite our forces. Orthodox people can't go to demonstrations, they stand in queues to venerate the Belt of the Mother ...

Patriarch Kirill praises Putin for preventing Russia’s breakup

Moscow, October 7, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent birthday greetings to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who turned 59 on Friday. "God has bestowed on you the gift of doing numerous responsible jobs, including as Russia's president and prime minister. I testify that largely thanks to your efforts was a tendency ...

Patriarch Kirill consecrated the largest cathedral in Far East

Magadan, September 2, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia consecrated the biggest in the Far East Orthodox church - Trinity Cathedral in Magadan. "Kolyma is the Russian Calvary and perhaps those who tormented people on this earth, pronounced terrible words during transporting convicts "step to the right, step to the left - shooting ...

Church will not favour any political party in elections, Patriarch Kirill Promised

Moscow, May 25, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia intends to continue a dialog between the Church and political forces regardless of any election results. "We are holding our Council in a very eventful year. Russia is facing an important choice which will define its life for many years to come," the Patriarch ...

Patriarch Kirill to visit Japan

Moscow, April 28, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is planning to visit Japan in 2012, in particular, to check progress in the Orthodox churches' reconstruction process. "I am planning to visit Japan next year, in particular, the Sendai diocese destroyed by the disaster, to express solidarity with Japanese brothers and sisters, to ...

Modernization in Russia to base on moral norms – Patriarch Kirill

Moscow, March 3, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urged to modernize Russia basing on moral principles and historical experience. "True modernization always bases on modern principles... Modernization without moral dimension turns to unrestrained pursuit of temporary goods and pleasures, heartless technocracy, results in perverted relations between people," the Patriarch said on Thursday ...

Patriarch Kirill pays tribute to Gorbachev’s contribution to ensure cooperation between Church and State

Moscow, March 3, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All-Russia congratulated the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on his 80th anniversary. "The end of the 20th century has seen a number of changes in this country. The cooperation between the government authorities and the Russian Orthodox Church was substantially facilitated by your decisions," Patriarch's telegram ...

Patriarch Kirill suggest measures to decrease abortions, back up orphans and families with many Children

Moscow, January 17, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent Russian authorities suggestions how to improve national policy on family and childhood. As to opposing abortions, the Patriarch urged to accept departmental instruction of the Ministry of Health and Social Development "that makes preservation of pregnancy a priority task for the doctor and ...

Patriarch Kirill in his Christmas greeting urges Catholics and Protestants to oppose Evil Powers

Moscow, December 28, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated non-Orthodox Christians of the world on Christmas according to the new style. "In Christ Jesus we all are new creation, we all are born for the new immortal life so that "turning away from evil and the desires of this world, we may ...

Patriarch Kirill challenges Church to “reset” people’s Minds

Moscow, November 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urged believers to establish a consistent and efficient Church mission which will produce a revolution in the mind of Russian people. "What is happening in the Church now may be called the "second Christianization." This country with a thousand years of Christian tradition, which ...

Patriarch Kirill marks a positive role of Crisis

Kaliningrad, March 23, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said that the global economic crisis will do its bit for spiritual improvement of people, despite its adverse effects."Not only is the crisis our plague, it is also our blessing. It gives us a good opportunity for soul-searching and makes us think. Following ...

Patriarch Kirill says his main tasks are enchurchment of youth, protection of church unity and its external boarders

Moscow, February 1, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia says preserving the church unity and enchurchment of Russians are his main tasks."Youth will become an object of our special care as young people badly need spiritual guidance. In the epoch of moral relativism, when promotion of violence and depravity steals the ...