Russland: Metropolitan Ilarion meets with Pope Francis

On 13th February 2020, at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with Pope Francis. The DECR chairman conveyed to the Pope of Rome greetings from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Pope Francis also conveyed his warm brotherly regards to the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Discussed at the meeting held in the atmosphere of mutual understanding and...

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Russland: Patriarch Kirill proposes adding reference to God to Russian constitution

“The majority of Russian citizens believe in God. I’m not only talking about the Orthodox—I’m also talking about Muslims and many others,” His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said at a reception on February 1 on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of his enthronement as Patriarch, calling a reference to God to be added to the Russian constitution. After all, the Russian national anthem, one of the state symbols of the country, contains the words, “God-protected native land,”...

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Russland: Orthodox Church believes that Stalin would have been a good bishop

Joseph Stalin could have become a good Church leader if he had graduated from the Seminary and had not left the Church, the Educational Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church suggested, according to Interfax-religion. "He had the ability to manage, have a global vision, and make strategic decisions. If this man had not drifted away from the Christian tradition (or if he had not been pushed away), and his ability to make strategic decisions and global worldview would have been intertwined with...

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Russland: Church supports constitutional definition of marriage

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, supports the recent statements from President Vladimir Putin in favor of the traditional understanding of the family as the union of a man and a woman. “As for ‘parent # 1’ and ‘parent # 2, I have already said publicly once before, and I will repeat again: as long as I am President, we will not have parents one and two—we will have a father and mother,” the...

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Russland: Seligsprechungsprozess für Laienapostolin begonnen

In der katholischen Kathedrale von Saratov an der Wolga wurde vor Kurzem das diözesane Seligsprechungsverfahren für die russlanddeutsche katholische Laienapostolin Gertrude Detzel (1904–1971) eröffnet, wie die Stiftung Pro Oriente berichtet. Bischof Kliment Pickel betonte beim Eröffnungsgottesdienst, dass es ein „historischer Moment“ sei. Gertrude Detzel stammte aus dem russlanddeutschen Dorf Roschdestwenskoje. 1949 wurde sie zu zehn Jahren Arbeitslager verurteilt, 1954 erlangte sie durch eine...

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Russland: Moskauer Patriarchat bricht mit Patriarch von Alexandria

Die Russische Orthodoxe Kirche (ROK) hat die eucharistische Gemeinschaft mit Patriarch Theodoros II. von Alexandria und ganz Afrika abgebrochen. In Reaktion auf dessen Entscheidung, die Orthodoxe Kirche der Ukraine (OKU) anzuerkennen, erklärte der Hl. Synod am 26. Dezember, es sei der ROK „unmöglich“, Patriarchen Theodoros II. weiter zu kommemorieren oder gemeinsam mit ihm Gottesdienste zu feiern. Der Abbruch der Gemeinschaft gilt jedoch nicht für die Hierarchen der alexandrinischen Kirche, die...

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Russland: Erzpriester Vsevolod Tschaplin plötzlich verstorben

Der prominente russisch-orthodoxe Erzpriester Vsevolod Tschaplin ist am 26. Januar unerwartet im 52. Lebensjahr an den Folgen eines Herzinfarkts verstorben. Tschaplin war von 2001 bis 2009 stellv. Leiter des Außenamts des Moskauer Patriarchats, das in diesen Jahren vom künftigen Patriarchen, Metropolit Kirill (Gundjaev), geleitet wurde. Von 2009 bis zu seiner überraschenden Entlassung im Jahr 2015 wirkte er als Vorsitzender der Synodalabteilung für die Beziehungen zwischen Kirche und...

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Russland: Reception for 11th anniversary of enthronement of Patriarch Kirill

On 1st February 2020, after the Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, and an assembly of hierarchs and clergymen of the Russian Orthodox Church, a reception took place in the Cathedral’s Refectory Chambers on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of His Holiness’ enthronement. Among those delivering speeches of greetings were Metropolitan Vladimir of Kishinev and Moldova; Mr. Igor Schegolev...

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