|Old Friends, Brothers Even: Patriarch Kirill Well-
Known for Years as an Ecumenist Leader (image: mospat.ru)
Yes, this is happening. No, we are not surprised. Yes, this happens all the time. Nothing to see here, move along…..
Katyn is a common grave for Russians and Poles, a place of grief, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, after the liturgy celebrated last July 15 in the place where at the beginning of the second world conflict a tragic massacre was carried out.
“Nothing unites persons as sorrows do,” said the patriarch, adding that beginning today a new era can begin in the relations between the two nations.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church went to Katyn as part of his pastoral journey to the Diocese of Smolensk. He also consecrated the new Orthodox church of the Resurrection of Christ.
Placed on one of the side altars of the new church will be an image of Our Lady of Czestochowa, which Patriarch Kirill will receive as a gift from the Polish Episcopate during his visit to Poland, which will take place in August. In front of the altar, Catholic Masses will also be celebrated.
“It is time to recognize that this place is a terrible symbol of our common tragedy and, with this awareness, we shake hands, as between brothers and sisters who have gone through the sorrow and tragedy of Katyn,” said the patriarch.