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Wednesday 15 June 2022
1. Was Hilarion dismissed because Kirill is becoming increasingly “pro-Putin”?
2. Bishop Timmerevers: the synodal path is “not a panacea”
3. Nicaragua: 190 attacks against the Catholic Church in past four years
4. Elizabeth II: Queen of relations with the Catholic Church
5. The history of Corpus Christi
1Was Hilarion dismissed because Kirill is becoming increasingly “pro-Putin”?
Why was Kirill’s right-hand man, Metropolitan Hilarion, abruptly dismissed? A journalist from Catholic magazine Tempi tries to analyze the situation in the context of the umpteenth shake in the Orthodox world. Brilliant and autonomous – perhaps too much so in the eyes of the Patriarch of Moscow – Hilarion, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church, has been dismissed from his role after 13 years on the job. One of the reasons evoked to explain this departure would be the tendency of the Metropolitan to keep open the channels of dialogue with the West, while the patriarch of Moscow has been locked in an anti-Western rhetoric since the beginning of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. “Now Kirill seems clearly aligned with Putin’s will,” the article explains. However even if the author considers that “Kirill is increasingly ‘Putinian,’” he wonders whether the patriarch of Moscow didn’t plan the departure of his right-hand man, in order to preserve him for the future of the Orthodox Church.