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Moscow patriarch compares Ukrainian protests to Russian Revolution

Catholic World News - April 09, 2014

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has compared the Euromaidan protest in Ukraine, which led to the resignation of a pro-Russian government, to the Russian Revolution of 1917, which led to the overthrow of the czar and the institution of a Communist regime.

“The latest events in Ukraine, terrible pictures of the revolutionary uprising in the capital, people killed, distraught spiritually and consciously-- all this helps us to understand what happened in Russia back then,” said Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow, according to a report from the Interfax news agency.

“Today, during this life-changing time for our homeland, we prayed in the Kremlin about the Russian state and entire historical Rus', so that God will keep us under the protection of Holy Mother of God and never allow wars between us, so that a brother won't go against his brother and so that gradually the spiritual strength of Rus' will accumulate-- the very strength which led to the establishment of the great state,” he added.

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  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Apr. 10, 2014 5:24 AM ET USA

    This is further proof that whatever Patriarch Kiril says should be ignored as the ramblings of a seriously biased, far-more-political-than-religious "leader." Those killed in the Euromaidan were supporters of Ukrainian freedom and independence, killed by Kiril's friends, the supporters of Putin. And talk about the Communist regime, Kiril's predecessors were themselves Communist collaborators! Ukraine is NOT part of the "Russian state" and the Holy Mother of God not one of Putin's supporters!

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