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Source: Interfax Moscow, August 15, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has congratulated Fidel Castro Ruz on his 90th birthday. “God gave you a long life. Over the past years you have gained valuable experience in public administration, become a great authority in your own country and beyond, having written your name in the chronicles of Cuban and world history,” the patriarch said in a congratulatory message, his press office said. The people of Russia and Cuba became friends thanks in large part to Castro’s personal contribution, the patriarch said. “The Russian Orthodox Church is grateful to…

Source: The National Herald BY CONSTANTINOS E. SCAROS Greek Orthodoxy has taken root in the unlikeliest of places, Havana, the capital of Cuba, which had been a hotbed of political turmoil ever since it gained its independence in 1902, technically from the United States, which had liberated it from Spain four years earlier in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. A half century later, the first Greek Orthodox Church, Saints Constantine and Helen, was built in Havana in 1950. But it never had the opportunity to be used as a church. Political turmoil uprooted the nation again, and in 1959,…

Source: Interfax Moscow, May 12, Interfax – President of the Cuban Council of State and Council of Ministers, Raul Castro, has invited Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to visit the republic. “It is a great pleasure for me to meet with you again. We always recall with pleasure your first visit to Cuba and we hope it will not be the last one,” the Cuban leader said at a meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Patriarchal Chambers in Moscow. Patriarch Kirill has already been to Cuba, but that was before he became Patriarch,…

Source: The National Herald TNH staff HAVANA, CUBA – More than 80 Archons and Greek Orthodox faithful journeyed to Havana, Cuba for a 6-day pilgrimage to visit Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral from December 5 to 10. The pilgrimage was sponsored by the Order of St Andrew and led by its spiritual advisor, Father Alexander Karloutsos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The trip culminated in a celebration of the Feast of Saint Nicholas and took place under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras. The trip was remarkable in the context of modern Cuba. “On the first night, the pilgrims…

Source: Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations On 16 June 2012, the first-ever Orthodox liturgy was celebrated in Pinar del Rio, the Cuba’s westernmost province. Rev. Dimitry Orekhov, rector of the Church of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God in Havana, officiated, website of the parish reports. Compatriots living in Pinar del Rio, parishioners, and staff of the Russian Embassy attended the Liturgy. The choir of the parish in Havana sang. The church building was let for the service by the Catholic archbishopric of the Pinar del Rio province. The Embassy of the Russian Federation rendered considerable…

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