According to the patriarch, the Russian Orthodox Church, despite the large proportion of Russians among the flock, exists for all Orthodox, wherever they live< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/9/44/756590268267449.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >
Patriarch of Moscow and All Rusi Kirill
The assertion that the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) exists only for Russian people is not true, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said at a meeting in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior with children from the DPR, LPR and Kharkov region.
The patriarch called the meeting with the children “great joy”, “because everything that concerns the Donbass, the Luhansk region, the Kharkiv region— those places where people suffer today, & mdash; I am very worried and hurt my heart, because all the Orthodox people who live there,— this is a child of the Moscow Patriarchate.
“If you look at the world map, we see that the Russian Church is present in more than 60 countries of the world, on almost all continents. Malicious people, including those in Ukraine, sometimes claim that this Church is only for Russians, for “Muscovites,” but this is not at all true, — emphasized the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.
According to him, despite the greater number of Russian people in the parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church, these ratios “do not reflect the spiritual contribution of people to the life of the Church.” Patriarch Kirill pointed out that for him all Orthodox people, wherever they live, are part of the Russian Orthodox Church.
On July 28, it became known that the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), Metropolitan Epiphanius (Dumenko) wrote a letter to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople with a request to deprive Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia of the patriarchal throne. — “the special role of the Russian nation and state in the world and the church.”
After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Patriarch Kirill touched upon the topic of hostilities in several of his sermons. He also stated that the peoples of Russia and Ukraine— a single whole that external forces are trying to separate. Also, according to him, Russia never attacked other countries, but “only defended its borders.”
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Canada and Great Britain imposed sanctions against the patriarchs. At the same time, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church did not fall under EU sanctions. Lithuania proposed to include him in the sanctions list at the end of April, but it was not possible to agree on the measure: as Bloomberg reported, Hungary opposed it. infernal» and testify to the helplessness and fear of the EU.
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