Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said he will continue to pursue reforms within the Russian Orthodox Church. "The administrative reforms launched are not a goal in itself. They must become the backbone of further reforms in the [Russian Orthodox] Church," the Russian Patriarch told Archbishops at a conference in Moscow Christ the Savior Cathedral on Tuesday.
When it comes to fighting today's challenges, the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church stand side-by-side on a number of issues, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. "We [together with the Roman Catholic Church] have similar positions on many problems facing Christians in the modern world. They include aggressive secularization, globalization, and the erosion of the traditional moral principles. It should be noted that on these issues Pope Benedict XVI has taken a stance close to the Orthodox one," the Patriarch said at the Bishops' Meeting in Moscow on Tuesday.
The first anniversary of the enthronement of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia was marked at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on Monday morning. The Patriarch served a Divine Liturgy in the cathedral, where the enthronement took place precisely a year ago.
The Nice Superior Court in France has declared Russia to be the rightful owner of St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral. "Russia is the rightful owner of the territory, the cathedral, as well as all its properties," the chair of the Nice Municipal High Court said.
The Patriarchate of Moscow claimed the cathedral should be returned to the Russian state, the successor to the tsarist regime. However, the Russian Orthodox Association of Nice (ACOR) opposed the claim, arguing the cathedral belongs to the Orthodox Church of Constantinople.