Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church has been on the job for a year and a half. I was initially worried about his elevation to the patriarchate, but he has been doing pretty good work on the spiritual, ecclesial, cultural, political, and diplomatic fronts. I am relieved to have been wrong. The patriarch is currently visiting the Ukraine; I hope that he can help to end the schism there and to regularize its ecclesial life.
OBL News has a pleasant story with charming pictures about the patriarch’s planting a birch tree (of course) at a monastery in Odessa: “Patriarch Kirill Plants Tree.”
We should not put our trust in princes, in the sons of men. However, Russia gives me hope for the near future of Christendom.