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House of Romanov grieves over Patriarch's death

Moscow, December 5, Interfax - The House of Romanov grieves over the death of head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Alexy II, Alexander Zakatov, chief of the office of the head of the house Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna has said.

"This is a terrible blow for all Orthodox Christians. The imperial family lost its spiritual father and elder wise friend," Zakatov said.

"Deep filial love connected the Grand Duchess with the patriarch. From the very start when her father, Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich was still alive the Patriarch accepted the royal family and always supported it in his prayers and with his prudent advice. During all these years when members of the royal family could visit their homeland the Patriarch was the first person whom they turned to for advice and support," Zakatov said.


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