Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill of Moscow, was greeted by 3,000 Orthodox believers during a visit on Aug. 3 to Rivne, western Ukraine.
The Albanian Orthodox Church issued a statement Tuesday (August 18th) criticising the proposed draft law on gay marriages. The Synod of the Church said that marriage has always been between a man and a woman. "Whenever there were experiments against the eternal laws of God, they led to human and social catastrophes," the statement warned. Late last month, the government announced that it is considering the legalisation of gay marriage, based on a draft measure prepared by a Tirana NGO.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia approves of the character of relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the state.
"I am satisfied with the Premier's visit (to Valaam - IF) as well as with cooperation between the Church and the state. On the one hand, the principle of state non-interference in church affairs works, constitutional frames are observed, but at the same time absolute majority of Russian people belong to the Orthodox Church," the Patriarch has told journalists in Valaam.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has reminded foreign religious organizations active in Russia how important it is to demonstrate respect for the legislation of the country. "It is extremely important that religious organizations coming to Russia abide by Russian laws and see that their activities will not create difficulties for public life, or provoke ethnic tensions," Patriarch Kirill said at a press briefing after talks with the head of the Turkish Religious Directorate Ali Bardakoglu in Ankara.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has consecrated a church of Sts Konstantin and Elena on Monday in summer residence of Russian consulate in a place of Buyukdere near Istanbul. According to correspondent of Interfax-Religion, members of the Russian Church delegation accompanying Patriarch in the trip to Turkey have taken part in consecration and in the subsequent Divine Liturgy. The chorus of the Moscow Sretensky monastery sang during the service, and some employees of Russian embassy also assisted on the Liturgy.