Blessed be the dog: Patriarch Kirill receives corgi on trip to London

Patriarch Kirill receives corgi.

Patriarch Kirill receives corgi.

Press photo
The canine gift is part of celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of the Orthodox faith in Britain.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has received the gift of a Welsh Corgi puppy, Alexander Volkov, his press-secretary, informed kp.ru on Oct. 17.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church was given the animal yesterday at a reception in London, where he is attending celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of the Orthodox faith in Britain.

“His Holiness likes the puppy very much, and will take it back with him to Moscow,” Volkov said. Whether the dog has yet received a name has not yet been reported.

Patriarch Kirill receives corgi. Source: Press photoPatriarch Kirill receives corgi. Source: Press photo

In a comments made to RT, Volkov added the present was from parishioners of the Uspensky Cathedral in London.

In spring 2012 students from the University of Bulgarian Cultural Heritage gave the patriarch a Bulgarian sheepdog puppy by the name of Trojan. The dog came to live with the Primate in his residences in Peredelkino, reported RIA Novosti.  

First published in Russian by Lenta.ru.

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