Articles of His Holiness Kirill

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Cuba and the Russian Orthodox Church share values ​​and a longing for justice

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Shortly before leaving for Havana on a morning of fine snow, the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, met with His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia. “We’re heading back,” he said in a warm greeting, “but could not leave the city without first visiting you.” After touring the impressive Cathedral of Christ the Savior, one of the largest in the world, Díaz-Canel arrived at Danilov Monastery, the Patriarch’s residence, where Kirill greeted him warmly.

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To struggle for peace is the most sacred duty of all human beings

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Sadly, almost all religions have been obliged to decry the destructive reality of war and its terrible consequences. They have been obliged to devote their greatest energies to this task. The singular importance of the meeting between Pope Francis and His Holiness Kirill in Havana is that it raised the hopes of the world’s peoples.

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Raúl receives Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church


On the afternoon of February 11, Raúl Castro Ruz, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, received His Holiness Kirill, at Havana’s José Martí International Airport, who is making his first pastoral visit to the island as Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.