Posts Tagged ‘Patriarch Kirill’

Dissenting voices hunted down in the Russian Orthodox Church

Thursday, May 18th, 2023
Dissenting voices

In the warring empire of the potentate, Vladimir Putin and the pontiff Patriarch Kirill, a priest who prays for peace is a perjurer. He condemns himself to be treated as an apostate, the religious equivalent of a political traitor. This is the extent to which Russia will go in silencing those within the Orthodox Church Read more

Patriarch Kirill agrees war cannot be holy

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, met with World Council of Churches acting general secretary Dr Ioan Sauca, in Moscow on 17 October 2022. In addition to a public conversation, Patriarch Kirill and Dr Sauca had their own private audience to discuss Orthodox matters. Patriarch Kirill welcomed the guests, saying: “I Read more

God must never be held hostage to human thirst for power

Thursday, September 15th, 2022
the evil of war

Pope Francis says God must never “be held hostage to the human thirst for power”, and religion must never be used to justify the “evil” of war. An implicit criticism of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who backs the invasion of Ukraine and has boycotted a conference of faith leaders, the Pope made his views plain Read more

The pope’s “Hail Mary” pass

Monday, March 21st, 2022

Russia’s brutal military attack on Ukraine continues. And with each passing day Pope Francis appears more and more frustrated that he and his Vatican aides can do nothing to stop it. No doubt, they are even more irritated that their continuous offers to mediate or facilitate discussions between the two countries, which the Cardinal Secretary Read more

It is not a holy war

Monday, March 21st, 2022

Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew says Pope Francis is deeply concerned about the invasion being justified as a holy war. In recent weeks, the Russia’s Patriarch Kirill has used religious language to justify his support for Russia’s military aggression. Even Kirill’s own supporters are looking elsewhere, says Dew. “The invasion has created new ecumenical Read more

Kirill, the extremely political Russian Orthodox patriarch

Monday, March 7th, 2022

“May the Lord preserve the Russian land… A land which now includes Russia and Ukraine and Belarus and other tribes and peoples.” A Sunday sermon with very political overtones. It was delivered on February 27 at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow by Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church. The 75-year-old Read more

Russian Orthodox-Catholic church unity unlikely

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The prospect of Russian Orthodox-Catholic church unification is unlikely says Russian Orthodox head of foreign relations. This is despite ongoing talks since 2013 between Pope Francis and the spiritual head of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Although the two church leaders agree on many issues, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk says there are some Read more

Russia holds the key to world peace

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Russia plays a crucial role in working for world peace, says Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Parolin, who has just returned from a four day trip to Russia, says: “I tried above all to say this, this was the message that I wanted to convey: Russia, for its geographical position, its history, its Read more

Catholic and Russian Orthodox relations – the Pope and the Patriarch

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Catholic and Russian Orthodox relations will take a further step forward this week. Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill are meeting in Switzerland to resume discussions they began last year in Havana. At last year’s meeting, the Catholic and Orthodox leaders discussed Christian brotherhood and unity. This year they will talk about progress and Read more

Pope and Patriarch appeal for reconciliation and unity

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill have issued a deep and thorough call for reconciliation and unity amongst their two traditions. The two leaders met for 135 minutes in Cuba on February 12. It was the first meeting of this kind for nearly 1000 years. A joint statement was issued, in which Francis and Kirill Read more