Patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Russia Kirill (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin after an Easter service in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. (April 24, 2022)
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They are advised to pray not only on January 7, when Putin celebrates his 70th birthday, but also the next day, the paper said.
russian president Vladimir Putin He will turn 70 on January 7 this year. Holy Patriarch of Moscow Kirill appealed to all archpastors, priests, monks and laity to pray fervently in their homes today for the health of the Head of the Russian Federation, according to a letter sent by the Moscow Patriarchate to children across Russia.
As for June 8, the patriarch recommends special prayers for the health of the Russian president during the service.
Kirill is seen as a Kremlin ally, who supports Putin and his war against Ukraine. First, because of the attitude of the Orthodox Church towards the Putin regime, feminist group Pussy Riot, in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, held a punk prayer at the country’s main church, Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior, where the band members chanted Mother of God, Vue Putina!.
Kirill’s statements in support of President Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have caused international outrage in recent months. Britain, Canada, Lithuania and Ukraine added the conservative patriarch to their sanctions lists for his support of wolves. With its veto in April, the Maastricht government prevented the European Union from doing the same.
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