On Sunday, 3 December 2017, His Beatitude Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania at the patriarchal residence in St Daniel Monastery, during the visit of the delegation of the Romanian Orthodox Church on the celebrations dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the patriarchal institution in the Russian Orthodox Church.
His Beatitude Patriarch Kirill expressed his joy to welcome Patriarch Daniel at St Daniel Monastery, the oldest monastic settlement in Moscow and thanked him for taking part in this important event and for the opportunity given to discuss current issues of the two Churches.
The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church recalled the difficult situation of the Church in Ukraine and pointed to the unity of the bishops of the canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine, despite many pressures.
Patriarch Kirill noted that Patriarch Daniel’s presence at the centenary of the restoration of the Russian Patriarchate shows that the two Churches are together both in time of suffering and of joy.
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel thanked the Russian Patriarch for the opportunity to meet, for brotherhood and hospitality, noting that he was delighted to participate in the centenary celebrations to commemorate the suffering of the Russian Orthodox Church and other Orthodox Churches during the communist persecution.
‘At the same time’, His Beatitude stressed, ‘one can see how these Churches have passed from crucifixion to resurrection, and especially in Russia, from a persecuted Church to a living, flourishing Church.’
In conclusion, Christ’s Church cannot be destroyed, even when crucified, because it bears in itself the mystery of the gracious power of the Resurrection.
The Patriarch of Romania brought into discussion the contemporary problem of secularization, which proposes the organization of individual and social life as if God did not exist. In addition, an equally important problem related to secularization is the spiritual crisis of today’s family.
His Beatitude Daniel expressed his intention to continue the academic collaboration between the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest and the Theological Academies in Moscow, Sankt Petersburg, and Kiev. Patriarch Daniel stressed that the invitation to send young people to study theology is mutual and very important for knowing the life and the activity of the two Churches.
At the end of the meeting, the two Primates exchanged gifts.
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Tr by Basilica.ro
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