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The new Patriarch of All Russia sent the first working visit

February 7 2009

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill today begins his first mission as the Russian Orthodox Church. The Patriarch will go to the Smolensk diocese - this is where Metropolitan Kirill was a ruling bishop for 24 years. While in the Smolensk region has been restored and built 135 churches, established a complex system of religious education, which includes a seminary and religious school, two orthodox school, More than 600 Sunday schools. All secondary schools entered the field of training course on "History of the Orthodox culture land of Smolensk, which studied more than 18,000 students.

During the day the Patriarch will make a prayer service at the Assumption Cathedral of Smolensk, and the evening service led by All-Night Vigil. On Sunday, 8 February, the Russian Orthodox Church make the same cathedral Divine Liturgy, and the last day of his visit - Monday, February 9 - Kirill consecrate the chapel of St. George. It was built in Smolensk, commemorating the Soviet Army soldiers killed during combat operations in Afghanistan. Consecration of the chapel dedicated to the 20 th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from that country, according to ITAR-TASS .

Recall that in early February, the Primate of the Orthodox Church was given the title of Honorary Citizen of the Smolensk region. " This title Patriarch Cyril was awarded "for his great personal contribution to the strengthening of civil peace, friendship and cooperation between nations, revival and development of spiritual and cultural traditions, building and restoration of temples in the territory of the Smolensk region."

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