Patriarch Kirill and Barack Obama to foster friendship among Christians of Russia andthe USA
Dialogue between the Christianpopulations of Russia and theUnited States is important forthe development of relationsbetween the two countries,Patriarch Kirill of Moscow andAll Russia said at a meeting with U.S. President BarackObama in Moscow in July."The fact that the American and Russian people havepreserved their common, Christian, system of values isincreasingly important. We are the most religious coun-tries, and it is crucial to maintain dialogue between ourcountries' Christians because our people need to befriends," Patriarch Kirill said."It is necessary to appeal to the hearts of the people inorder to stem anti-American sentiments in Russia, andanti-Russian sentiments in America," he said.Russian missionaries brought the Christian faith to theAmerican continent, he added."We have a history of kind communication with ourAmerican Christian brothers. We tried to keep thesegood relations even during the most difficult years of the Cold War," the head of the Russian OrthodoxChurch said.Religious institutions, particularly the Russian OrthodoxChurch, play a special role in Russian society's life,U.S. President Obama said.The U.S. president welcomed Patriarch Kirill's contribu-tion to the strengthening of Christian unity and ex-pressed readiness to cooperate with the Russian Church.Patriarch Kirill, for his part, gave Obama an icon of the Virgin Mary as a memorable present.
Patriarch Kirill has consecrated the first Russian church in Turkey
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has consecrated a church of Sts Konstantin and Elena insummer residence of Russian consulate in a place of Buyukdere near Istanbul.According to correspondent of Interfax-Religion, members of the Russian Church delegation accompa-nying Patriarch in the trip to Turkey have taken part in consecration and in the subsequent Divine Liturgy. Thechorus of the Moscow Sretensky monastery sang during the service, and some employees of Russian embassyalso assisted on the Liturgy.The church consecration has opened the third day of Patriarch Kirill's visit to Turkey. His visiting of Constantin-ople Patriarchate was made in accordance with Orthodox tradition as the new-elected Patriarch visited tobrotherly Orthodox Churches.The church of Sts Konstantin and Elena has been built in summer residence in Buyukdere in 1832. In a Sovietperiod divine services were not made, and only recently the church has been restored.After the consecration, the church in territory of Russian consulate became the first church of the Moscow Patri-archate in Turkey.
On July 5
Holy Ascensionchurch in Skaro
celebratedthe 111 anniversary of itsfoundation. After the DivineLiturgy the minister of Ortho-dox V Patriarchal Parishes inCanada father George Sergeev pre-sented the President of the parishRaimond Lopushinsky the blessed let-ter missive in memory of the parishanniversary. After that there was me-morial service in the church cemeteryin memory of the founders and firstparishioners of the Holy Church.
will be open atthe oldest Nikolayevsky (former Lenin-gradsky) railway station of the Russiancapital in Moscow."Besides the decision to rename the sta-tion from the Leningradsky to Niko-layevsky, Russian Railways PresidentVladimir Yakunin also decided to organ-ize there a long awaited St. Nicholaschurch," Head of the Moscow Patriar-chate Publishing Council Archpriest Vladi-mir Silovyev has told Interfax.He stated that the chapel would be seton the right from the entry to the station"instead of one-armed bandits." "I thinkwe will consecrate it in December on St.Nicholas Day," Fr. Vladimir believes.