His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia officiated at the prayer service on December 31 in the Church of Christ the Saviour, thanking the Lord for the past year and invoking God’s blessing upon the coming year 2010.
On 29 December 2009, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited the Russian Academy of State Service under the President of the Russian Federation (RASS), where he, together with the rector V. Yegorov, signed an agreement on cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the RASS.
On 29 December 2009, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the leadership, faculty, and students of the Russian Academy of State Service under the President of the Russian Federation.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in his message to His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada congratulated him on the anniversary of his enthronement. Below is the text of the message:
At its meeting on 25 December 2009, the Holy Synod made a number of decisions concerning the external work of the Russian Orthodox Church. The 2010 DECR work plan as presented by the DECR chairman was approved.
This synodal year ends with a session in Chisty Pereulok, the historical city residence of the Patriarchs of Moscow.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent Christmas greetings to heads of non-Orthodox Christians Churches, including Pope Benedict XVI, Supreme Patriarchate and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, Archbishop Yukka Paarma of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland, Archbishop Rowan Williams of the Anglican Community and…
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church noted that correlation of traditional values and human rights and freedoms demand a thorough study and balanced approach, especially in the decisions taken by international organizations.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia announced at the Moscow Diocesan Meeting taking place at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on 23 December 2009 that 299 Patriarchal services were celebrated during the current year, including 18 in the cathedrals and churches of the Moscow Kremlin, 50…
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church sent to Mr. Herman van Rompuy the following letter congratulating him on his election as President of the European Union: