Patriarch Kirill compares events in Ukraine to 1917 revolution

Moscow, April 7, Interfax - The recent disturbances in Kiev can be compared to the events of the October 1917 revolt in Russia, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said.
Natalya Mihailova | 08 April 2014

“Most of us can hardly imagine what revolution is. The latest events in Ukraine, terrible pictures of the revolutionary uprising in the capital, people killed, distraught spiritually and consciously – all this helps us to understand what happened in Russia back then,” the patriarch said to a small crowd following a prayer service he conducted near the relics of Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow and All Russia in Moscow’s Donskoy Monastery on Monday.

During the 1917 events “life was destroyed and this was accompanied by outrage and terrible injustice under slogans for achieving justice,” Patriarch Kirill said.

The Patriarch held an Annunciation day liturgy earlier on Monday in Kremlin’s Annunciation Cathedral.

“Today, during this life-changing time for our homeland, we prayed in the Kremlin about the Russian state and entire historical Rus, so that God will keep us under the protection of Holy Mother of God and never allow wars between us, so that a brother won’t go against his brother and so that gradually the spiritual strength of Rus will accumulate – the very strength, which led to the establishment of the great state,” Patriarch Kirill said when addressing parishioners after the service.

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