04 April 2010, 01:49
Patriarch Kirill's paschal message will be read out in 15 languages
Moscow, April 4, Interfax - Paschal message of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia that is traditionally read in all churches of the Russian Orthodox Church after festival service this year will be read out in 15 languages.
"Paschal message 2010 is published in state languages of countries included in the Moscow Patriarchate's canonical space, Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Moldavian and others," the patriarchal website has reported.
Besides these languages, Patriarch Kirill's message will be translated into Turkmen, Chinese, Azerbaijanian, Uzbek, Tajik, Kirghiz, Lithuanian, Estonian, Latvian and Kazakh, head of the Synodal Information Department Vladimir Legoyda told Interfax-Religion.
The Moscow Patriarch's message was also traditionally translated into English.
Earlier, Russian church officials have more than once pointed out that the Church has supernational, transboundary character.
Last summer, Patriarch Kirill said that after he was elected to this post, he decided to change the tradition of decorating the Throne Hall at the patriarch's residence. Under this tradition, the patriarch's throne is flanked by the patriarch's flag on the right, and the flag of the Russian Federation on the left.
The Russian Church Primate said he had suggested replacing Russia's flag by "flags of all states belonging to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, including China, because the Patriarch does not work only in the Russian Federation."
"I am concerned over this confrontation as much as over problems facing the Russian Federation," he said during the visit to Ukraine.