Latest Patriarch Kirill News

Easter: church head laments conflict in 'historical' Russia

Apr. 15, 2023 17:39 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Worshipers including President Vladimir Putin crowded into Moscow's vast Christ the Savior Cathedral for Easter services led by Russian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill, a supporter of Russia's military actions in Ukraine. The services began late Saturday and...

Ukrainian court puts an Orthodox leader under house arrest

Apr. 01, 2023 17:26 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Kyiv court ordered a leading priest to be put under house arrest Saturday after Ukraine's top security agency said he was suspected of justifying Russian aggression, a criminal offense. It was the latest move in a bitter dispute over a famed Orthodox monastery. ...

Tensions on the rise at revered Kyiv monastery complex

Mar. 26, 2023 03:15 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The courtyards of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra have been busy with more than just the usual worshippers, going to and from its churches in the sprawling monastic complex that is Ukraine’s most revered Orthodox site. Also busy Friday were people in civilian...