Patriarch Kirill calls on Catholics to defend Christians’ rights in the world together

Natalya Mihailova | 20 May 2016
Moscow, May 20, Interfax - The relations between the Russian Church and Catholics have recently gained "positive dynamics," Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said.

“These relations have a clear understanding of the need to unite the efforts of Orthodox Christians and Catholics to defend traditional Christian values and counter such challenges as liberal secularization, discrimination against Christians, a crisis of family relations, and undermining the foundations of morals in personal and public life,” the patriarch said at the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations in Moscow.

He said that the joint protection of Christians from genocide is important and the issue was a central issue addressed in the meeting between the patriarch and Pope Francis in Havana.

“By uniting the efforts of the East and West in testimony to the forces that are trying to virtually eliminate Christianity, we can fulfill our mission in this world much more effectively,” the patriarch said.

Since you are here…

…we do have a small request. More and more people visit Orthodoxy and the World website. However, resources for editorial are scarce. In comparison to some mass media, we do not make paid subscription. It is our deepest belief that preaching Christ for money is wrong.

Having said that, Pravmir provides daily articles from an autonomous news service, weekly wall newspaper for churches, lectorium, photos, videos, hosting and servers. Editors and translators work together towards one goal: to make our four websites possible -,, and Therefore our request for help is understandable.

For example, 5 euros a month is it a lot or little? A cup of coffee? It is not that much for a family budget, but it is a significant amount for Pravmir.

If everyone reading Pravmir could donate 5 euros a month, they would contribute greatly to our ability to spread the word of Christ, Orthodoxy, life's purpose, family and society.