After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


The Moscow Patriarchate condoles over Kim Jong-il

Orthodox Journal
Newsletter No. 83, Tuesday, December 20, 2011. 10:50 A.M.

"The Russian Orthodox Church remembers with gratitude Kim Jong-il's contribution to developing spiritual links between Korean and Russian peoples rooted in work of the Russian Ecclesiastic Mission in Korea," deputy head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolay Balashov told an Interfax-Religion correspondent.

He recalled that the late leader of the North Korean state "respected the Orthodox Church" and the Holy Trinity Church in Pyongyang was built on his personal initiative as a symbol of Russian-Korean friendship as well as the Orthodox Committee of the PDRK.

"We sympathize with its members and hope that life of Korean people in PDRK will develop peacefully and creatively for the welfare of all country's residents," the official of the Moscow Patriarchate said.

According to a 2004 Human Rights Watch report, the North Korean government under Kim was "among the world's most repressive governments", having up to 200,000 political prisoners according to U.S. and South Korean officials, and no freedom of the press or religion, political opposition or equal education and health care: "Virtually every aspect of political, social, and economic life is controlled by the government."


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Joanna said...

At dawn on the Feast Day of St. Nicholas we learn that a cruel dictator has died.

At Great Vespers we heard read from Proverbs:
... When a just man dieth he leaveth regret; but the destruction of the ungodly is speedy and causeth joy.

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