Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill spoke via video conference about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the hopes for a peaceful solution, the Vatican said.
In the early 1990s, I met Kirill, now Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus’, when the man christened Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev was chief ecumenical officer of the Russian Orthodox Church.
In the latest sign of the strain that the Ukraine war is putting on the global Orthodox community, Amsterdam’s Russian Orthodox parish has formally asked for canonical permission to break away from Moscow and to join the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, responding to a request that he intervene with Russia’s leaders to end the war in Ukraine, accused the west of disregarding Russia’s security concerns and stoking tensions between the two countries in a bid to weaken Russia.
A new documentary produced by Catholic News Service, “Faces among Icons,” chronicles the ruin and rebirth of the Russian Orthodox Church. The film is timed to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution and the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, where Mary called for the conversion of Russians to Christ.
by George Weigel WHAT DOES THE Lord’s injunction to turn the other cheek require when it comes to ecumenical dialogue? The question regularly poses itself to those familiar with the website of the Department of External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC): https://mospat.ru/en.