Patriarch Kirill of Moscow given honourary doctorate by Moscow State University on his 65th birthday

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, on his 65th birthday, has been given the title of Honorary Doctor of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. the rector of Moscow State University and head of the Russian Union of Rectors, Academician Victor Sadovnichy announced the university academic council’s decision to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

“During the time that you have presided over the Russian Orthodox Church, it has significantly enhanced its beneficial role in society, and you have become one of the most prominent figures in our contemporary life," - said his letter, in which the efforts of the Patriarch to ensure that education occupies a worthy place in society were also highly praised.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia yesterday, which is his 65th birthday, took part in a service with the heads of Orthodox Churches. The Divine Liturgy was held in the largest cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, where one of the most revered Orthodox shrines is situated, the Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God.

Patriarch Kirill was born in 1946 in Leningrad into the family of the chief mechanic of the Kalinin factory, who later became a priest. The Patriarch’s grandfather on his father's side was also a priest, according to ITAR-TASS news agency.

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