His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, supports the recent statements from President Vladimir Putin in favor of the traditional understanding of the family as the union of a man and a woman.
Fr. Claudiu is himself the father of several children, and seeing how much joy he received from his family, his thoughts went to abandoned children, whom he then started visiting in hospitals and in children’s homes. He suffered days and nights of turmoil, wondering how he could help them, and he prayed to God to light his path.
“I am disappointed in human beings,” was the first thing I heard, when I answered the phone call from a priest I knew. This priest was a father of five, a quiet and collected person, who was no stranger to moderate and appropriate humor and absolutely averse to melodrama.
Society at the time of St. John Chrysostom was in many ways similar to our modern world. Fornication and divorce, domestic violence and irresponsible parents, for whom entertainment and money were more valuable than children and families—these were the kinds of parents the saint was talking to.
Every year, the Volyn Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church organizes a charity Christmas concert for the benefit of orphans and others in need of critical support. The 26th annual concert was held this year on January 21 at the Volyn Academic Provincial Ukrainian Music and Drama Theater.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev, the beloved primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox faithful, met with more than 100 children from the conflict zone in Donbass, who are surrounded by war, who visited Kiev and Pochaev from January 6 to 9 to celebrate the feast of the Nativity of Christ.