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Russian Patriarch pays tribute to 400th anniversary of Romanov dynasty

Catholic World News - July 16, 2013

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church led a religious service in St. Petersburg on July 12 to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the rule of the House of Romanov, which governed Russia from 1613 to 1917.

“Today we are celebrating the 400 years of the House of Romanov,” said Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow. “It is with gratitude that we recall what they did for the benefit of the people. We know how Russia turned into a great state, a world power, how its economy, industry and culture developed.”

“Today we prayed for the prosperity of Rus,” he added. “We prayed for the growth of material well-being, which is so much needed today, to be accompanied by the growth of spiritual well-being. It is the beginning that is able to ensure the nation’s step-by-step development without any frightening rifts, fractures, and catastrophes.”

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