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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow

Pope Francis has sent a "personal message" to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, inviting him to meet and indicating that "he is willing to meet at any place."Apparently, Pope Francis sent the message while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where he embraced the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I.  AsiaNews reports that the the message was delivered by Msgr. Massimo Palombella, director of the Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir, when the choir performed in Moscow on May 27. … [Read more...]

In Russia, Mobile Church Comes to the People

A Russian Orthodox priest rings the bells after baptizing an infant in his mobile "choo choo church"

It's a train.  It's a mobile hospital.  It's a church.The Doctor Voino-Yasenetsky Saint Luka train brings medical care and care of souls to remote parts of Russia, in the Krasnoyarsk and Khakassia regions of Siberia.  Aboard the unique train, trained medical staff are able to provide free consultations to some 200 people per day.And an Orthodox priest offers sacraments and spiritual guidance.A photo story on explains that the unique train with its on-board church a … [Read more...]