The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill
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Patriarch Kirill became a knight of the order “For merits before Fatherland” I degree. The corresponding decree was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. 20 Nov 2016 Kirill celebrates 70 years
President Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding Patriarch Kirill with the order “For merits before Fatherland” the first degree.
“For outstanding achievements in the preservation and development of spiritual and cultural traditions, educational and peace-building efforts aimed at strengthening friendship between the peoples award the order “For merits before Fatherland” I degree of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill (gundyaeva Vladimir Mikhailovich)”, — stated in the document published on the Kremlin website.
According to the website of the Moscow Patriarchate, Cyril was born 20 November 1946, in 2016 he is 70 years old.
From 1989 to 2009, Kirill was Chairman of the Department for external Church relations, and on 27 January 2009 the local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church elected him Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia.
Putin has repeatedly noted the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in the life of Russia. The congratulations in connection with the Easter holiday in 2016, the President emphasized the creative role of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Affairs of education and strengthening the moral foundations. This was reported by the press service of the Kremlin. “Of course, in this festive day I would like to note the tremendous creative role of the Russian Orthodox Church in matters of education and charity, strengthening of moral foundations of society, the upbringing of the younger generation,” — said in greeting.
The head of state said then that the Church is doing much to address the pressing social problems of preserving the country’s interethnic and interreligious peace. “This versatile, in-demand work deserves a heartfelt recognition,” said Putin.