Patriarch Kirill says the word 'celebrations' is inappropriate referring to 100th anniversary of 1917 events.
"The thing is not to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the tragedy,
but to remember this date consciously, accompanying it with deep
reflections and sincere prayers, so that mistakes committed a hundred
years ago should teach our nations not to make the same mistakes at the
current stage of development," the patriarch said at the session of
Supreme Church Council.
He believes that a hundred year anniversary should be spent in "special
prayers about our peoples, our countries that once constituted one
country, today are sovereign ones, but are connected with each other
with tough historical, spiritual, cultural links."
"I think that we should dedicate this year to reflections about what has
happened with our people, what these trials meant, and what spiritual
conclusions we should make from the tragic history of the 20th century,"
the patriarch said.