In the evening of 4 December 2017, at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence, the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin, met with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Primates and heads of the delegations of the Local Orthodox Churches who had come to Moscow to…
The event was attended by Primates and heads of the delegations of the Local Orthodox Churches and other guests, as well as Russian Orthodox Church Holy Synod members and participants in the Bishops’ Council, which took place from November 29 to December 2 in Moscow.
On 4 December 2017, the feast day of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, the centenary of enthronement of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
Patriarch Kirill expressed gratitude to all the Local Orthodox Church and personally to the Primate of the Romanian Church for their support of the canonical Church in Ukraine and for the high level of bilateral cooperation in many areas.
On 2 December 2017, in the Red Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem.
On 2 December 2017, the grand concluding meeting of the Sacred Bishops’ Council took place at the Church Councils Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
On the 1st of December 2017 the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin spoke before the participants of the Episcopal Council of the Russian Orthodox Church. This is what His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said in his reply to the head of state.
Recent years have been marked by a development in the cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church in the sphere of social problems, noted His Holiness Patriarch Kirill in his presentation at the Episcopal Council taking place in Moscow.
Speaking at the Bishops’ Council the Primate of the Russian Church said: “Positive dynamics can be observed in cooperation between the Church and the state in the Republic of Uzbekistan which I visited last autumn.
As His Holiness Patriarch Kirill noted in his address at the Bishops’ Council of 2017, the situation of the Church in the Republic of Turkmenistan is regulated by the Law on the Freedom of Religion and Religious Organizations that took effect in 2016.
“Relations between the Church and the state in Tajikistan are characterized by stability, mutual respect and a smooth-running cooperation in solving many important problems,” His Holiness Patriarch Kirill noted in his report at the Bishops’ Council-2017.
“During my primatial visit to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan last May I was encouraged by the results of cooperation between the Church and the state in the country,” His Holiness Patriarch Kirill shared his impressions with the members of the Bishops’ Council.
Speaking about the situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan in his report, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill noted that this country has been giving an example of constructive relations between the Church and the state for many years.
In his report delivered at the Bishops’ Council-2017 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill noted that the Republic of Azerbaijan adheres to the principle of the equality of religious communities.
Addressing the members of the Bishops’ Council, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill noted that the agreement between the Byelorussian Orthodox Church and the state signed almost fifteen years ago has given the Church an opportunity to interact with the authorities in the unique for the country format.
His Holiness added that cooperation between the church and the state has been developing in the sphere of relations with servicemen, police and penitentiary institutions of the country.
“For almost four years, the whole Russian Orthodox Church has been lifting up to the Altar of God the Almighty its ardent prayers for the cessation of the bloody confrontation in the territory of Ukraine,” His Holiness Patriarch Kirill said in his address at the Bishops’ Council of 2017.
“Today it is evident that a part of society will negatively react to that which is happening in the Church, and that this will be reflected in the media,” His Holiness Patriarch Kirill emphasized in his presentation at the Episcopal Council on 29th November 2017.
Mission in social networks requires special attention, said His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in his speech at the Episcopal Council on 29th November 2017.
The First Hierarch reminded listeners that in the information sphere the most important task is “to fill the information expanse with reliable facts on Church ministry, at the centre of which is the preaching of Christ and pastoral responses to the challenges of the modern-day world” (Acts of the Episcopal…