When Patriarch Kirill visited Russia's largest shipyard in late August, he was greeted with full military honors.Read the rest here.
As a brass band played at the Northern Shipyard in Severodvisnk, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church strolled past a row of sailors in dress uniform, boarded a nuclear submarine, and presented the crew with an icon of the Mother of God.
He later said Russia's defense capabilities need to be bolstered by Orthodox Christian values.
"You should not be ashamed of going to church and teaching the Orthodox faith to your children," the patriarch told the Severodvinsk workers. "Then we shall have something to defend with our missiles."