Pat. Kirill’s Book to be Published in English

Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church | HT: Byzantine, TX

( – 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 Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church translated into English thanks to successful cooperation between the “Darton, Longman & Todd” British Publishing House and the Publishing House of the Moscow Patriarchate. Deacon Michael Lomax of the Russian church in Brussels acted as translator. Bishop Richard Chartres of London wrote the introduction, calling the book a best example of modern religious thought.

Patriarch Kirill’s book is not the first publication of the Orthodox authors issued by “Darton, Longman & Todd.” They published the works by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh in the 1970s, and Metropolitan Hilarion’s “The Mystery of Faith” in the English language in 2002.

Speaking at the presentation will be Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, and Bishop Richard Chartres of London.

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom; Archbishop Yelisei of Sourozh; Very Rev. Vladimir Siloviev, editor-in-chief of the Publishing House of the Moscow Patriarchate; and Brendan Walsh, editorial director of “Darton, Longman & Todd” will be among guests of honour.

Igor Lapshin, head of the Department for International Relations of Publishing House of the Moscow Patriarchate, acted as coordinator of the project, which was realized with the participation of the Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, the Diocese of Sourozh, the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom, “Academia Rossica,” the St. Gregory the Theologian Charity Foundation, “The Russian World” Foundation, and “Baltic Chemical Terminal” Company.

The presentation will take place in the framework of “Russia – Guest of Honour at the London Book Fair 2011” programme from 03.00 p.m. till 03.30 p.m. Stand W555, EC2.


  1. I am glad to see that Patriarch Kirill’s new book (“Freedom and Responsibility”) has the word “responsibility” in its title, because too many people believe that they have the freedom to do whatever they want in society, but they refuse to accept any responsibility for any for their actions — even when their actions insult other people.

  2. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    I agree George. The Moscow Patriarchate has been releasing timely and relevant writings. I’m looking forward to see what he has to say.

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