MOSCOW: Patriarch Kirill Hails Fraternal Ties Between Russia And Arm

PATRIARCH KIRILL HAILS FRATERNAL TIES BETWEEN RUSSIA AND ARMENIA

The Voice of Russia
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March 18 2010

Sticking to the same moral and spiritual values helps the peoples
of Russia and Armenia to boost friendship, mutual understanding and
cooperation, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill told reporters ahead of
his visit to the Armenian capital, Yerevan that kicks off on Tuesday.

Kirill voiced hope that the two will further cement collaboration
despite the existing differences between their Churches:

"The Russian and Armenian people have been developing fraternal
relations since time immemorial – a bridge-building that also saw an
array of hardships the two had to go through", Kirill says. "The most
important thing", he adds, "is that we managed to remain committed to
the Orthodox faith, which added significantly to cementing fraternal
bonds between Russia and Armenia. So we should do our best to try
to preserve our system of fundamental values in the years to come",
Kirill points out, urging the Russian Orthodox Church and the Holy
Armenian Apostolic Church to continue to contribute to what is now
a common spiritual basis between Moscow and Yerevan.

"I do hope that my current visit to Armenia will further add to the
burgeoning bilateral bridge-building", Kirill says.

The Armenian Apostolic Church is believed to be one of the world’s
oldest national Churches, experts explain, pointing to the fact that
Armenia was the first to announce Christianity its state religion. In a
sign of respect to Russian Orthodoxy, the Protection of the Holy Mother
of God Cathedral was built in Yerevan at the beginning of last century
– something that is currently billed as the Russian Orthodox Church’s
main shrine in Armenia. The Moscow Patriarchate’s another church was
built in Yerevan in 2001 in an event that coincided with the 1,700th
anniversary of the baptism of Armenia. March 16 will significantly see
the beginning of the construction of the Moscow Patriarchate’s third
church in Yerevan. Both Armenia-based Russian Orthodox believers and
those from the Armenian Apostolic Church contributed considerably to
the construction. Among them Catholicos Karekin II, head of the Holy
Armenian Apostolic Church, who moved to donate his prize money he
earlier got from the International Orthodox People’s Unity Fund. The
new church’s ground-breaking ceremony is due to be consecrated by
Patriarch Kirill later in the day.

The Tuesday trip will become Kirill’s first visit to Armenia after his
enthronization early last year – something that is in line with the
Church Regulations, which stipulate the Russian Orthodox Patriarch
travelling to local Churches all across the globe. Earlier, Kirill
paid a visit to the Constantinople Patriarchate, correspondents say,
adding that he also plans to visit the Antiochian Orthodox Church as
well as the Churches of Alexandria and Jerusalem.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/03/16/5331960.h

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Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS