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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

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

Metropolitan Hilarion moved in Russian Orthodox Church shake-up

Jun 7, 2022

By Luke Coppen

He had served as the Russian Orthodox Church’s chief ecumenical official since 2009. Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, addresses Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 6, 2022.

What’s the future of Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations?

May 9, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis appears to have burned ecumenical bridges with Moscow. Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch is seeking to rebuild them. Read more

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

Russian Orthodox Church: Pope Francis’ comments about talks with Patriarch Kirill ‘regrettable’

May 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Moscow Patriarchate said the pope’s words were ‘unlikely to contribute to the establishment of a constructive dialogue.’ 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

Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 6, 2021.

Russian Orthodox metropolitan seems to exclude possibility of an appeal for peace to Russian leaders

Mar 24, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

In response to a letter to the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church pleading for his intervention in the Ukraine... Read more

Holy Trinity Cathedral, a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church in Jerusalem.

Catholic leader: Pray for peace in Ukraine before Russian Orthodox cathedrals worldwide

Mar 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk praised an interfaith gathering outside a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Jerusalem. Read more

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine, pictured on June 3, 2011.

Catholic theologians are standing up for Ukraine — and so are their Orthodox peers

Mar 15, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The war is exposing stark divisions within Eastern Orthodoxy. Read more

St. Sophia’s Cathedral in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

How the Ukraine conflict is reshaping relations between Churches

Mar 3, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Patriarchate of Moscow appears increasingly isolated. 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

 Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Archbishop: Russian invasion of Ukraine is a ‘silent war’

Jun 15, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Speaking at the end of a closed-door meeting on religious freedom at the US Embassy to the Holy See, Major... Read more