Patriarch Kirill: Crimea is the most important land in all respects
In Moscow, in the Red Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Patriarch Kiril of Moscow and All Rus’ met with a delegation of the Crimean Metropolis.
The delegation was headed by Metropolitan Tikhon of Simferopol and Crimea. It included Metropolitan Platon of Feodosia and Kerch, vicar of the Simferopol diocese, Bishop Nestor of Yalta, vicar of the Feodosia diocese, Bishop Agathon of Koktebel, deans, heads of diocesan departments, and rectors of a number of churches in the dioceses of the Crimean metropolis.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church addressed the meeting participants with the following words:
Crimea has always had special significance for our Motherland and for our Church. In all respects, Crimea is the most important land, but for us it is a holy land, where Orthodoxy began in that part of Eurasia where Russia, Ukraine and other countries of the canonical responsibility of the Moscow Patriarchate are now located.
Therefore, I call all of you to non-slothful service. And since many people come to Crimea, the responsibility for their churching, for their spiritual life during their stay extends to all of you. The missionary and pastoral work of the clergy of Crimea, both with their flock and with everyone who comes there, is very important on the scale of the entire Church.
Patriarch Kirill called on Crimeans to “friendly cooperation for the good of the Orthodox Church«, for the sake of strengthening faith «on this most ancient Orthodox land«
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church blessed the meeting participants for further pastoral work on the Crimean land.
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