September 3, 2014

Orthodox Churches Object to National Identity Cards

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First of all, let's dispense with the pejoratives: Conservative and nationalist wings within the churches have held demonstrations in Athens and Moscow and claim that the cards will compromise national and religious identity. Many have gone so far as to say that identity numbers such as 666 are the "mark of the beast" from the Book of Revelation, the final book of the New … [Read more...]

Pat Kirill: Paschal Message 2011

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Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church Beloved in the Lord archpastors, all-honourable presbyters and deacons, God-loving monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters! From my heart filled with gratitude towards God, I proclaim to all of you the great and saving news: CHRIST IS RISEN! With each year the Church testifies through this Paschal … [Read more...]

Pat. Kirill’s Book to be Published in English

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Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church | HT: Byzantine, TX (mospat.ru) - On 11 April 2011, the English edition of the book “Freedom and Responsibility. A Search for Harmony – Human Rights and Personal Dignity” written by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will be presented at the London Book Fair. This is the first book by the … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church raises fears over pro-gay Protestant Churches

Virtue Online Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has told the head of the World Council of Churches of his concerns over the position of some Protestant Churches towards homosexuality. WCC General Secretary Dr Olav Fykse Tveit met the Patriarch in Moscow today as part of his first visit to the Russian Orthodox Church since taking up office last September. According to the WCC, … [Read more...]

Russian bells ring in Egypt

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Russian bells ring in Egyptian Monasteries The peal of Russian bells will shortly spread in the neighbourhood of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill presented a group of bells to an ancient Greek, which were especially cast for this purpose by the smiths of the old Russian city of Voronezh. “Let the sounds of these bells remind people about our … [Read more...]

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s statement on terrorist acts at the Moscow Metro

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia made the following statement on the terrorist acts at the Moscow Metro on 29 March 2010. My heart pains over the terrorist acts at the Moscow Metro this morning. I am praying for the rest of the victims’ souls, for consolation of their near and dear, and for the soonest recovery of the wounded. I beseech the Lord to help the rescuers, … [Read more...]

Faith to Faith: Russian Patriarch ending landmark Armenia visit

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ArmeniaNow.com Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill is completing today his three-day visit to Armenia during which he and his Armenian counterpart accentuated the strong bonds between the two churches and peoples. As part of the visit staged at the invitation of the Catholicos of All Armenians, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church took part in several events, including a visit … [Read more...]

Russian church leaders defend marriage, speak out on family crisis

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Russian Orthodox Church leaders called on Christians on Thursday to be firm in defending traditional marriage and lamented the family crisis in the country. According to some estimates, over half of the marriages in Russia end in divorce. Women in the 140-million-strong country undergo some 1.5 million abortions annually. "We, Christians of different denominations, should profess the … [Read more...]

Pat. Kirill on Chambesy

Patriarch Kirill: Every manifestation of Orthodox unity is our common glory, common joy, while a want of unity and every tension, every conflict in the global Orthodox family is a common pain and common defeat The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church pointed to the support of fraternal relations within the family of Local Orthodox Churches as one of the most important tasks of his Patriarchal … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church Sets Out To Be ‘First Among Equals’

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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty H/T: St. Andrew House Discussion Forum Is the Russian Orthodox Church set to launch a "new crusade" -- at home and abroad? Father Daniel Sysoyev, a prominent Russian missionary, recently urged the opening of an Orthodox "base" in Kyrgyzstan from which to launch a proselytizing "offensive" across mostly Muslim … [Read more...]

Catholic Herald: In Russia, the path to unity is defrosting

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Roman Catholic reporting about union between Rome and Orthodoxy tends to be over optimistic. The Catholics seem to want union much more than the Orthodox do. A clearer assessment might be that Moscow sees cooperation with Rome as necessary to re-Christianize Europe, to help Europe rediscover its moral and religious moorings. Nevertheless, a significant thaw is … [Read more...]

Patriarch Bartholomew Will Visit Russia in May

It's no secret that Moscow doesn't take kindly to Pat. Bartholomew's claims of universal authority (see: A Letter To The Ecumenical Patriarch Concerning The Situation Of The Diaspora by Patriarch Alexios written in 2005) so the sentence below “within the canonical order that was installed over centuries of church tradition" (quotes in Russian original) undoubtedly references this difference in … [Read more...]