Home page News
Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of M…

Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’ to the participants of the World Conference of Compatriots Living Abroad

DECR Communication Service, 01.11.2023.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’ sent his greetings to the participants of the World Conference of Compatriots Living Abroad (1st of November 2023, Moscow).

Dear compatriots, brothers and sisters!

Greetings to all participants of the World Conference of Compatriots Living Abroad.

It is a pleasure to address you today and I believe such meetings are important for strengthening the unity of our nation.

Today we are all living in very difficult times - the fratricidal conflict in Ukraine, which is hurting people's hearts and affecting their daily lives. Our enemies are making great efforts to ensure that this confrontation lasts as long as possible and inflicts the deepest possible wounds on peoples bound by common faith and blood ties.

The Church, aware of the desire of external forces to sow division and hatred and to obliterate our true history and culture, does everything possible to preserve a space of peace, prayer and consolation under the vaults of churches. At every Divine service, we offer supplications to the Lord for the speedy overcoming of enmity and the restoration of mutual understanding in the countries of historical Rus’.

As a result of the conflict, many people have been forced to leave their homes and have become refugees in their own countries and abroad. They need not only food, shelter and work, but also spiritual support and active human participation. It is very important not to stand aside from the misfortune of others and to help those in need to the best of our ability, if only with a kind word and sincere attention.

You are well aware that the spirit of enmity and division is being tried today even in those spheres that have remained outside politics since ancient times and served peace and creation, such as art, science and sport. In such a situation, compatriots abroad need courage to defend their culture, to protect it from the so-called cancellation. Our common task is to preserve our identity, our authenticity and spiritual reference points, not to lose our way and not to distort historical facts, not to fall into despondency and find the strength of spirit for creative work for the benefit of our neighbours. Our nation has gone through hard periods many times, but despite all the trials it has always tried to withstand difficulties and preserve unity. I hope that it will also be like that now.

I wish you strength of body and soul, generous help of God and success in all good deeds and endeavours.



Primate of Russian Church presents historic miracle-working Kazan Icon of the Mother of God to the faithful and celebrates Liturgy in the Kremlin Dormition Cathedral


Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’ to the participants of the World Conference of Compatriots Living Abroad


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill met with the Primate of the Assyrian Church of the East


Statement by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the events at Makhachkala airport


Patriarch Kirill gives his blessing to offering up fervent prayers for archpastors and clerics of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church striving to preserve church unity


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill expresses support for the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem at a time of armed conflict in the Holy Land.


Speech by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and representatives of Russia’s religious communities.


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill sends messages in connection to bill No.8371 considered by Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill prays for all victims of airstrike on hospital in Gaza City


The Holy Synod calls down God’s blessing on the newly-elected Metropolitan of All Japan Seraphim.


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill prays for the quick cessation of the military conflict in the Holy Land.


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill replies to the appeal by His Holiness the Patriarch of Bulgaria Neophyte regarding the Russian church building in Sofia.


Statement of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the resumption of armed hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s condolences on the earthquake in Morocco


Patriarch Kirill Holds Negotiations With Primate of The Malankara Church


Metropolitan Hilarion: Many things in a person's life depend on faith


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Holy Spirit is the main treasure of the Christian soul


Metropolitan Hilarion: Holiness is a constant striving to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ


Metropolitan Hilarion: God does not want to condemn, but to save us


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord always grants to us the opportunity to display our talents


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has imbued the waters of Jordan with his divine presence to wash away human sins


Metropolitan Hilarion: to repent means to change your way of life


On commemoration day of St. Catherine, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk officiated at the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr In-the-Fields  the representation of the Orthodox Church in America


Metropolitan Hilarion: We can always show compassion for people


Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates on commemoration day of St. Varlaam of Khutyn at the church of ‘Joy to All the Afflicted’ icon of the Mother of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: We should remember that the life of each human being is in the hands of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: For God there is nothing impossible


Metropoplitan Hilarion: The cross which was an instrument of dishonourable execution becomes the symbol of salvation for millions of people


Metropolitan Hilarion: Eucharist is the wedding feast, to which Lord Jesus Christ invites each of us


Metropolitan Hilarion: Faith alone is not enough for salvation


Page is available in the following languages

Fields marked by * are mandatory required

Send a message
Рус Укр Eng Deu Ελλ Fra Ita Бълг ქარ Срп Rom عرب