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Russia’s Patriarch Kirill Is Suffering From Covid, Church Reports

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Patriarch Kirill, the 75-year-old leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, has Covid and will self-isolate, his church announced in a statement on Friday. It stated that His Holiness Patriarch Kirill needed “bed rest and isolation,” adding that “all planned meetings and trips in the coming days of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill are canceled.”

The Kremlin will announce the annexation of four occupied Ukrainian regions at a large ceremony later on Friday without the patriarch. Since taking over as head of the Russian Orthodox Church in 2009, Patriarch Kirill has been a steadfast advocate for the policies of President Vladimir Putin.

He declared in a sermon last Sunday that “if someone, driven by a sense of duty and the need to fulfill an oath, remains true to his calling and dies in the line of military duty then he undoubtedly commits an act of tantamount sacrifice.” “We think that this offering cleanses a person of all their sins. Due to his support of the Kremlin’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, the UK and Canada have imposed sanctions on Patriarch Kirill.

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