Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has cited statistical data saying that number of permanent parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia is probable to grow up to 40 million people in coming 20 years. "Some statistical forecasts say that if things will go on as they do now our country will have over 40 million permanent parishioners, enchurched people in coming twenty years," the Patriarch said on Tuesday at a press conference in Moscow, though urging not to focus on figures but to keep working.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia stands for systematical dialogue with Christians of Germany. "I believe that Christians of Russia, Ukraine and other countries of the former Soviet Union should continue systematic dialogue with Christians of Germany. I would be happy if this dialogue focuses on concerns over preserving Christian values in culture of a modern person," Patriarch Kirill said at his meeting with German President Christian Wulff on Wednesday in Moscow.
Message Of The Patriarch Of Romania To The Conference Organised By The World Council Of Churches And By The Romanian Patriarchat8. October 2010 - 12:42
On the occasion of the conference with the theme: "Global Platform for Theological Reflection 2010. Unity and Mission Today: Witness and Opinions of the Marginalized" organised at the Patriarchal Palace by the World Council of Churches and by the Romanian Patriarchate, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church addressed the participants the following message:
Spiritual unity with Orthodox people of the Holy Rus inspires hope in Orthodox people in Kosovo and Metochia7. October 2010 - 7:54 Patriarch Irinej was enthroned in Kosovo and Metochia on Sunday. He was elected head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in January at the Bishops Council in Belgrade, but it took almost nine months to organize the ceremony on the ancient see of the Serbian Patriarchs in Kosovan Pec, where primates have been enthroned for eight centuries, and to provide security for the new patriarch and guests. One of the participants in the ceremony Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolay Balashov told Interfax-Religion correspondent Yelena Verevkina the details of the ceremony.
- Father Nikolay, what impressed you the most? Please, tell our readers about brightest moments of the ceremony.
- On the one hand, I was very impressed by multitude of believers, who came to the Pec monastery in spite of the difficult conditions, and the enthusiasm they expressed when they welcomed their spiritual father and pastor in person of Patriarch Irinej and representatives of Orthodox Churches who visited this very important for the Serbian Church event. From the other hand, it was a feeling of absolutely alien life outside the monastery walls: hostile actions against participants in the patriarchal enthronement were held there. We know about buses that were bombarded with stones, we know about billboards with Patriarch Irinej caricatures, which they tried to place near the Pec Patriarchate.
On Sunday, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill consecrated the Trinity Cathedral in the Far Eastern city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It took almost ten years to build what is now one of the Kamchatka Peninsula's largest cathedrals. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the five-cupola Trinity Cathedral can simultaneously accommodate at least 1,000 believers. During the Sunday ceremony, Patriarch Kirill expressed hope that the Cathedral will contribute considerably to the Russian Orthodox Church's clout in the region.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia first time in history of the Russian Orthodox Church visited Komandor Islands, where he consecrated a place for building St. Nicholas Church on Bering Island at the only village existing there and urged Aleutians and other local residents to search for support in faith, care for their health and set up big families.