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Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.

UK government sanctions head of Russian Orthodox Church

Jun 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Foreign Office said that Patriarch Kirill was being ‘sanctioned for his support and endorsement of Putin’s war.’ Read more

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Report: EU commission proposes sanctions against Patriarch Kirill

May 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

A document described the Russian Orthodox leader as ‘one of the main supporters of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.’ Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba on Feb. 12, 2016.

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill: Who could host their 2nd summit?

Apr 27, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A meeting is off for now, but where could the two men eventually meet? Read more

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (L)

Pope Francis to Patriarch Kirill: Let’s be ‘true peacemakers’ for war-torn Ukraine

Apr 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope sent Easter greetings to the Russian Orthodox leader. Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a video call with Patriarch Kirill, March 16, 2022.

Pope Francis says Vatican canceled meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill

Apr 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

In an interview with an Argentine newspaper published Thursday, Pope Francis said a meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will... Read more

Pope Francis boards the papal plane to Iraq on March 5, 2021. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis plans to visit Kazakhstan in September

Apr 12, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope hopes to take part in the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. Read more

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin talks to EWTN Vatican correspondent Colm Flynn on March 19, 2022.

Cardinal Parolin: Ukraine has the right to defend itself, but arms shipments could cause ‘terrible’ escalation

Apr 7, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, discussed the Holy See's diplomatic efforts to stop the fighting in Ukraine... Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a video call with Patriarch Kirill on March 16, 2022.

Pope Francis discusses Ukraine war with Russian Orthodox leader

Mar 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

The discussion was reported by the Patriarchate of Moscow. Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.

EU bishops implore Russian Orthodox patriarch to intervene in Ukraine conflict

Mar 11, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Patriarch Kirill is primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, an autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Church with an estimated 150 million members. Read more

Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Irish Catholic bishops call on Patriarch Kirill to support Ukraine ceasefire

Mar 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘This invasion and aggression reminds us of the fragility of peace, even in Europe,’ the bishops said. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.

Polish Catholic archbishop to Russian Orthodox leader: Please ask Putin to stop Ukraine war

Mar 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki made the appeal in a strongly worded letter. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba on Feb. 12, 2016.

Pope Francis’ second summit with Russian Orthodox patriarch could be held in June-July

Feb 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

Aleksandr Avdeyev said: ‘The place hasn’t been chosen yet.’ Read more

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Dec. 22, 2021.

Pope Francis meets Metropolitan Hilarion as hopes rise for second summit with Moscow patriarch

Dec 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope held a historic first meeting with Patriarch Kirill in 2016. Read more

Intercontinental ballistic missile Topol-M exhibited at the annual Victory day Parade dress rehearsal on May 6, 2012 in Moscow, Russia.

Russian Orthodox Church considers ending blessings for nuclear weapons

Jul 10, 2019

The Russian Orthodox Church is debating an end to the practice of blessing large scale weapons, including nuclear missiles.   Read more

Parolin, Kirill: we have reached a 'new stage' in Church relations

Aug 23, 2017

By Elise Harris

After a joint meeting during Cardinal Pietro Parolin's visit to Russia this week, both he and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba on Feb. 12, 2016.

The Pope and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch met a year ago. Here's what's next.

Feb 12, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

One year ago marked a historic first meeting between a Pope and a Russian Orthodox Patriarch.  Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba on Feb. 12, 2016.

'We are brothers' – Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill hold historic meeting

Feb 12, 2016

Christian brotherhood and unity were the focus of Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill when they met on Friday... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill.

Full text of joint declaration signed by Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

Feb 12, 2016

In a historic first, Pope Francis on Friday met with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill.  Read more

Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Four reasons why Pope Francis will meet with Patriarch Kirill

Feb 11, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The first, historic meeting between a Pope and a Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church does not come from nowhere.... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience, May 21, 2014.

Pope appeals for 'martyred country' of Syria

Feb 7, 2016

By Ann Schneible

The plight of Syrian civilians involved in the nation's ongoing conflict was at the heart of Pope Francis' appeal to... Read more