The Russian Orthodox Church Is Growing, Says Patriarch Kirill

"The Russian Orthodox Church regards it as a special sign of God’s grace to our church, which after 70 years of persecution has risen from the ashes and is coming back to life, growing, and getting stronger. . ."

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Originally appeared at: Global Orthodox

Speaking at the conference, “World Orthodoxy: Primacy and Conciliarity in the Light of Orthodox Teaching”, which started in Moscow on September 16, 2021, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said:

“We observe stable growth in the number of monasteries and parishes across all canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church, and it is something that we are happy to witness. The Russian Orthodox Church regards it as a special sign of God’s grace to our church, which after 70 years of persecution has risen from the ashes and is coming back to life, growing, and getting stronger.”

Patriarch Kirill made a special point about the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), which keeps opening new monasteries, despite being subject to strong discrimination from the local authorities. “We are witnessing a remarkable unity among UOC bishops, clergy, monks, and the laity,” the Patriarch said. “Despite the aggressive propaganda coming on a massive scale, together with political pressure directed against its union with the fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Orthodox people — who are the true guardians of virtue — show strong will to maintain it.” “As for now,” Patriarch Kirill remarked, “the Ukrainian Orthodox Church includes more than 12 thousand parishes, 250 monasteries, and millions of Orthodox Ukrainians.”

The purpose of the conference is to create a platform for theological discussion regarding various ecclesiological problems, such as primacy, conciliarity, and the order of granting autocephaly.

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