[43], Alexander Pochinok who was the minister of taxes and levies (1999-2000), said in 2009 that Kirill had no involvement in the violations. Background. Order of St. He became Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' and Primate of the Russian Orthodox … Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia seen ahead of a Moscow Cadet Corps parade on Poklonnaya Hill. [44][45], Three female members of the feminist group Pussy Riot were arrested in March 2012 for performing a brief song in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow during which they called on the Virgin Mary to "chase Putin out". Prince Vladimir 2nd class (16 September 1973), Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh, 1st and 2nd class, Order of St. Innocent Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomna, 2nd class, Order of St. Alexis the Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia, 2nd class, Named Panagia (1988) – for active participation in the preparation and conduct of the Jubilee celebrations of the 1000th anniversary of Christianity in Russia, Order of Saint Anthony and Theodosius of the Caves, 1st class (UOC-MP, 2006), Order of Saint Stephen the Great pious governor, 2nd class (Orthodox Church of Moldova, 2006) – in recognition of diligent service, and the glory of the Orthodox Church in Moldova, Silver Jubilee Medal of St. Apostle Peter (St. Petersburg diocese, 2003), Order in honour of the 450th anniversary of bringing the land Pochayiv Volyn icons (UOC-MP, 2009), Order of St. Theodosius of Chernigov (Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 2011). [58], Patriarch Kirill and Svetlana Medvedeva at the church ceremony in Sestroretsk, In March 2012, the former Russian Health Minister (1999–2004) Yury Shevchenko, pursuant to a court ruling, paid about 20 million rubles ($676,000) in compensation for the dust resultant from the renovation work that had settled in a flat upstairs in the prestigious House on the Embankment privately owned by Patriarch Kirill and occupied by the Patriarch's long-time friend businesswoman (variously described as Kirill's "sister", "second cousin", or "wife") Lidia Leonova. Since December 1975, he has been a member of the WCC Central Committee and Executive Committee. The award found a pained reaction from representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church. from 1975 to 1982 – chairman of the Leningrad Diocesan Council; from 1975 to 1998 – member of the Central and Executive Committees of the World Council of Churches; from 1976 to 1978 – deputy Patriarchal Exarch for Western Europe; from 1976 to 1984 – member of the Holy Synod commission for Christian unity; from 1978 to 1984 – administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in Finland; from 1978 to 1988 – member of the Millennium of the Baptism of Russia preparatory commission; in 1990 – member of the preparatory commission for the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church; in 1990 – member of the commission for assistance in overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl accident; from 1989 to 1996 – administrator of the Hungarian Orthodox deanery; from 1990 to 1991 – temporary administrator of the diocese of the Hague and Netherlands; from 1990 to 1993 – temporary administrator of the diocese of Korsun; from 1990 to 1993 – chairman of the Holy Synod commission for reviving religious and moral. On April 3, 1969, Metropolitan Nikodim (Rotov) of Leningrad and Novgorod tonsured him with the name of Kirill and on April 7 ordained him as hierodeacon and on June 1 as hieromonk. [22], He was criticised by some for the ROC's failures in the Diocese of Sourozh and Ukraine. [23][24][25], Kirill "heartily congratulated"[26] Alexander Lukashenko for winning the Belarusian presidency in 2010[27][28][29] by an apparent 80% majority, in elections marred by violence[30] and accusations of intimidation and vote rigging. Your Graces the archpastors, venerable fathers, all-honourable monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters: CHRIST IS RISEN! From 1974 to 1984 he was the Rectorof the Leningrad Spiritual Academy and Seminary. What is more likely is that profits from the importation of tobacco and cigarettes have been used for urgent, pressing Church expenses. Lukoyanovsky District of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast (2000), Smolensk Oblast (5 February 2009), Kaliningrad Oblast (5 March 2009), Kemerovo Oblast (2010), Smolensk (2003), the selo of Rizskoye of Smolensk Oblast (2004), Neman of Kaliningrad Oblast (2006), Vyazemsky District of Smolensk Oblast (2006), Kaliningrad (2006), Khoroshevo-Mnevniki District of Moscow (2006), Republic of Mordovia (2011 – for outstanding contribution to the preservation and development of domestic spiritual and moral traditions, strengthening of interaction of church and state). Bishop Matthew of Sourozh celebrated the Liturgy at the Dormition Cathedral in London, Bishop Matthew sends condolences on repose of Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, Epistle of Bishop Matthew on the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Patriarchal Parishes. The Statute was adopted by the Jubilee Bishops’ Council in 2000. from 1994 to 2002 – member of the public board for restoration of the Church of Christ the Saviour. On 2 September 1977, he was elevated to the rank of archbishop. Visits and encounters with Roman Catholics in Russia and abroad continue to enjoy support, if tacit, from many Orthodox clergy and lay people. Pravoslavie.ru congratulated him on that day, and OrthoChristian.com would also like, albeit belatedly, to congratulate His Holiness and wish him many more profitable years in service to God’s Church! “God bestowed on the Church of … [16], Patriarch Kirill introduced significant changes in the administrative structure of the Church: On 27 July 2011 the Holy Synod of the Church established the Central Asian Metropolitan District, reorganizing the structure of the Church in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. Prior to becoming Patriarch, Kirill was Archbishop (later Metropolitan) of Smolensk and Kaliningrad beginning on 26 December 1984, and also Chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church's Department for External Church Relations and a permanent member of the Holy Synod beginning in 1989. [46] This sparked criticism of the Orthodox Church on the Runet for not showing mercy, while Amnesty International described the women as "prisoners of conscience". Still, contact with Benedict XVI was characterized as greatly warm and with mutual respect with relations between the churches following. On 26 December 1974, he was appointed rector of the Leningrad Academy and Seminary. MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 18, 2019: Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia conducts the service of the Great Blessing of Waters on the eve of Orthodox Epiphany at the Church of Transfiguration of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. On March 14, 1976, Archimandrite Kirill was consecrated Bishop of Vyborg, Vicar of the Leningrad Diocese. (Addressing Vladimir Putin.) Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill pray during the Easter Service in the Christ The Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, early April 2017. [60] The Patriarch himself then said he thought it to be inappropriate to forgive Shevchenko. But after that photograph was posted I began examining. His father, Rev. ", Jubilee Medal "300th Anniversary of Russian Navy" (1996), Medal "In memory of the 850th anniversary of Moscow" (1997), Gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation (14 August 1995) – for active participation in the preparation and conduct of the 50th anniversary of Victory in Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945, Diploma of the State Duma of the Russian Federation (2001), Medal "65th anniversary of Victory in Great Patriotic War" (Transnistria, 2010). [32], The following day, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosted a reception (a formal banquet[33][34]) for the ROC bishops in the Grand Kremlin Palace, whereat Patriarch Kirill held forth about the Byzantine concept of symphonia as his vision of the ideal of church-state relations, though acknowledging that it was not possible to fully attain to it in Russia today. [11]) He was enthroned on 1 February 2009. Patriarch Kirill of Russia. Your Graces the archpastors, venerable fathers, all-honourable monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters: There is no evidence that Metropolitan Kirill has actually embezzled funds. [31], When Kirill was elected Patriarch on 27 January 2009, by the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church by secret vote he gained 508 out of 702 votes and enthroned during liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow on 1 February 2009 the service was attended, among others, by President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and prime minister Vladimir Putin. On 6 December 2008, the day after the death of Patriarch Alexy II, the Russian Holy Synod elected him locum tenens of the Patriarchal throne. In 1977, he became an archbishop. to the Archpastors, Pastors, Deacons, Monastics. After graduation from school, he entered the Leningrad Seminary and later the Leningrad Theological Academy, from which he graduated cum laude in 1970. Mikhail Gundyaev, died in 1974. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (secular name Vladimir M. Gundyaev) was born on November 20, 1946, in Leningrad. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent condolences to the President of the Lebanese Republic, Mr. Michel Aoun, and to His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Great Antioch and All the East over the death of people in the explosion at Beirut’s port. This is translated from patriarchia.ru for our English-speaking readers. and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13). [40] The profits of this operation allegedly under Kirill's direction were estimated to have totaled $1.5 billion by sociologist Nikolai Mitrokhin in 2004, and at $4 billion by The Moscow News in 2006. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia . After finishing the secondary school eighth grade, Vladimir Gundyaev got a job in the Leningrad Geological Expedition and worked for it from 1962 to 1965 as cartographer, combining work with studies at secondary school. 1. He was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite on September 12, 1971. "[73], In June 2012, Kirill was given the Silver Shoe Award (given in Russia each year "for the most dubious achievements in show business") for "immaculate disappearance of a watch" in the category "Miracles up to the elbows". At the end of the service, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church delivered the following … Monogram of the current Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' , Kirill . There is a box with Breguet, but I've never worn it." 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As the Primate of the Russian Orthodox … Since 1978, he has been the manager of the Patriarch's parishes in Finland. On November 29, 2020, the 25th Sunday after Pentecost, the commemoration day of the Apostle and Evangelist Matthew, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia officiated the Divine Liturgy at St. Alexander Nevsky Church near Peredelkino, reports the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church. In cultural and social affairs the Church under Kirill has collaborated closely with the Russian state under President Vladimir Putin. All Rights Reserved ©2020- Any Republication for the Glory of God is Permitted with the Reference: "The Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA - www.mospatusa.com", Published with the blessing of His Grace MatthewBishop of SourozhInterim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA & Canada, Official Biography of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, After graduation from school, he entered the Leningrad Seminary and later the Leningrad Theological Academy, from which he graduated, Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA & Canada, On his Namesday. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (secular name Vladimir M. Gundyaev) was born on November 20, 1946, in Leningrad. This] shows their political and also anti-Russian motives. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is in quarantine after coming in contact with a case of COVID-19. From December 26, 1974, to December 26, 1984, he was rector of the Leningrad Seminary and Theological Academy. Moscow, December 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the United States presidential election and expressed readiness for cooperation with America's new leader. Kirill or Cyril (Russian: Кирилл, secular name Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, Russian: Владимир Михайлович Гундяев; born 20 November 1946) is a Russian Orthodox bishop. "[40] The duty-free importation of cigarettes ended in 1997. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas in accordance with the Julian calendar on January 7. [50], Pope Benedict XVI, who was the leader of the Catholic Church at the time, has supported the position of the Russian Orthodox Church on this issue. On 12 February 2016, Kirill and Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, met at José Martí International Airport near Havana, Cuba, and signed a thirty point joint declaration, prepared in advance, addressing global issues including their hope for re–establishment of full unity, the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the Syrian Civil War and church organisation in Ukraine. His mother, Raisa Gundyaeva, a teacher of German, died in 1984. Order of Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Georgian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Hellenic, Poland, the Czech Lands and Slovakia, Finland and America. His elder brother, Archpriest Nikolay Gundyaev, is a professor at St. Petersburg Theological Academy and rector of the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in St. Petersburg. [18], Kirill and archbishop Józef Michalik signing a joint declaration to the Polish and Russian people at the Royal Castle in Warsaw (2012), Kirill is greeted by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff as he arrives at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, 19 February 2016, On 20 October 2008, while on a tour of Latin America, he had a meeting with First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Fidel Castro. From 26 December 1984, he was Archbishop of Smolensk and Vyazma. from 1990 to 2000 – chairman of the Holy Synod commission for amendments to the Statute of the Russian Orthodox Church. Official Biography of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. In 1976 Kirill was consecrated Bishop of Vyborg. He is personally supporting bandy. 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