"An extremely touching atmosphere." With these words Mgr Vincenzo Paglia, Bishop of Terni and President of the Bishops’ Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue, who had been invited by Metropolitan Kirill to attend Alexius II’s funeral service, describes to the SIR the atmosphere in Moscow. It is touching to see "the presence of the Metropolitans of All Russia, of the heads of the Orthodox Churches, and even of the Catholic delegation," said Mgr Paglia who also spotted some Jews with some Rabbis. "In that moment of deep grief, there was a sort of extraordinary brotherhood, as Kirill pointed out in his homily by recalling the works of the Patriarch who was able to accompany the Russian Orthodox Church towards its full recovery after a period of persecution and weakness. Today the Church has revived not only as a Church but also, and above all, in the heart of people, thanks to the sole power of love," said Kirill who is supporting the Church mission in the world. And Alexius II by his courageous witness was able to bring the strength of the Russian faith beyond the Russian borders, everywhere in the world." (continued) ” ” ” “

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