Condolences of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill

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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’ expressed his condolences on the death of Victor Nikolaevich Loupan, a member of the Patriarchal Council for Culture of the Russian Orthodox Church

To the family and friends of Victor Nikolaevich Loupan

Dear brothers and sisters!

I was grieved to learn the sorrowful news of the untimely death of Victor Nikolaevich Loupan, an outstanding figure of the Russian Diaspora, the permanent Head of the Editorial Board of the “Russian Mind” magazine and a member of the Patriarchal Council for Culture.

As a parishioner of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Paris, Victor Nikolaevich has made significant efforts to restore the canonical unity of the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe with the Mother Church, not least in the challenging years of increasing disputes in the Russian Church abroad.

I was a witness to the deep sorrow with which Victor Nikolaevich, with whom I have personally communicated on numerous occasions during the years of my chairmanship in the Department for External Church Relations, has experienced church disagreements.

The Lord let Victor Nikolaevich see the fruits of his labour in the church field and to take part in the celebrations that took place in Moscow in November 2019 on the occasion of the reunification of the Archdiocese with the Russian Orthodox Church.

I am praying to the All-Merciful Lord, who alone has the power over times and dates (Acts 1:7), that He may establish the soul of His servant Victor in the eternal mansions, where there is no sickness, no sorrow, no sighing, but endless life, and He may create eternal memory for him and give spiritual strength to all those who are mourning this loss.

With cordial condolences,


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