Patriarch Kirill stress the need for efforts to regulate the canonical status of Orthodoxy in Macedonia

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Patriarch Kirill stress the need for efforts to regulate the canonical status of Orthodoxy in Macedonia   On May 9, 2015, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Macedonia’s President George Ivanov, who had come to Moscow for the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of Victory. Participating in the meeting was Metropolitan Hilarion of ...

CELEBRATIONS MARKING 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF LIBERATION OF DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP TAKE PLACE IN GERMANY

On 3 May 2015, the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp took place in the territory of the former concentration camp. The commemorative events are traditionally held on the first Sunday after April 29. Taking part in the large-scale celebrations were representatives of Munich’s major religious organizations, as well as ...

DECR CHAIRMAN METROPOLITAN HILARION MEETS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE YEZIDI COMMUNITY IN RUSSIA

April - May 2015 April 30, 2015 – Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), met with representatives of the Yezidi community in Russia. Among the participants in the meeting were Yu. Nibiev, president of the Society for Solidarity and Cooperation with the Kurdish People, Muraz Mstoyan and ...

US AMBASSADOR JOHN TEFFT VISITS ST SERGIUS’S LAURA OF THE TRINITY

April 24, 2015 – The United States’ Ambassador to Russia John Tefft and his wife visited St Sergius’s Laura of the Holy Trinity. At the Holy Gates the high guests were welcomed by the dean of the monastery, Archimandrite Pavel (Krivinogov). During his tour of the monastery, the ambassador visited the Cathedral of the Trinity with ...

JOINT DECR-AMERICAN HUMANITARIAN ACTION CONTINUES IN BELGOROD REGION

April 25, 2015 – A working group of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations (DECR) and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association visited Belgorod as part of a large-scale charity project for aid to refugees from Ukraine. The project has been developed and realized in the Rostov and Belgorod regions by the DECR in cooperation ...

PASCHAL RECEPTION AT RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

April 20, 2015 – A grand Paschal reception took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs House of Reception. It was attended by the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, and Russian Federation Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey V. Lavrov. Among the guests were governmental officials, representatives ...

ASSEMBLY OF ORTHODOX BISHOPS IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL MEETS IN MADRID

24/3/15 Bishop Nestor of Chersonese attended a regular session of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in Spain and Portugal, which took place on March 18, 2015, in Madrid. Participating in the session were Metropolitan Polykarpos of Spain and Portugal (Patriarchate of Constantinople), Bishop Luke of Western Europe (Serbian Patriarchate), and Bishop Timotei of Spain and Portugal (Patriarchate ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION VISITS VATOPEDI MONASTERY AND RUSSIAN XILOURGOU SKETE

In the evening of March 11, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, who was visiting Mount Athos with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, arrived in the Vatopedi Monastery. During Grand Compline, Metropolitan Hilarion was praying together with the brethren of ...

CHINESE VERSION OF METROPOLITAN HILARION OF VOLOKOLAMSK’S BOOK ‘THE SACRAMENT OF FAITH’ COMES OUT

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8/3/15 The Chinese version of Metropolitan Hilarion’s book ‘The Sacrament of Faith’ has come out. It has been prepared by the Orthodox Brotherhood of Ss Peter and Paul in Hong Kong. The translation was made by Ling Seng, a young expert in Russian language and literature who studies at the extramural department of Khabarovsk Seminary. The book ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION: STORY OF CHRIST’S SUFFERING IS THE CORE OF THE GOSPEL

On 1 March 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, celebrated the Passion Service, commemorating the suffering of Christ, first time during this Lent, at the Moscow Church of the “Joy to All the Afflicted” Icon of the Mother of God in Bolshaya Ordynka Street. Concelebrating ...

AD HOC INTER-ORTHODOX COMMISSION COMPLETES ITS SESSION

On 20 February 2015, the Ad Hoc Inter-Orthodox Commission for the Preparation of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church completed its second session, which had begun on February 15, at the Orthodox Centre of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Chambésy (Switzerland). With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All ...

Patriarch John X decorates Sergey Lavrov with the Order of Sts Peter and Paul

On February 20, 2015, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch met with the head of the Russian foreign policy departments, Mr. Sergey Lavrov. Mr. Lavrov congratulated the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Antioch on winning the prize of the International Public Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Nations. He noted the special contribution that ...

AD HOC INTER-ORTHODOX COMMISSION CONTINUES ITS SESSION

18/2/15 The Ad Hoc Inter-Orthodox Commission for the Preparation of the Pan-Orthodox Council will continue its work until 21 February 2015, at the Orthodox Centre of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Chambésy near Geneva. Considered at the session is a draft document “The Orthodox Church’s Contribution to the Triumph of Peace, Justice, Freedom, Brotherhood, and Love ...

SPECIAL INTER-ORTHODOX COMMISSION STARTS ITS SECOND SESSION

February 16, 2015 – the Special Inter-Orthodox Commission for preparation of a Pan-Orthodox Council started its second session at the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Orthodox Center in Chambesy near Geneva. The Russian Orthodox Church is represented by a delegation led by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations. The delegation ...

Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid arrives in Russia

On February 8, 2015, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Archbishop Jovan (Vraniskovski) of Ohrid arrived in Russia for medical treatment. At Sheremetjevo airport, Archbishop Jovan was met by Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, and A. Khoshev, DECR secretariat for inter-Orthodox ...

Metropolitan Hilarion blesses construction site of future students’ compound of Moscow Conservatoire

On January 27, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion, in his capacity of member of the Board of Patrons of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire, blessed the construction site of the MSC modern campus. The ceremony of the laying of a symbolic capsule with a message to the posterity took place in anticipation of the 150th anniversary of ...

ROC Post-Graduate Institute holds round table on Christian Values as Factor of International Relations Today

January 23, 2015 – The Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate Studies held a round table on Christian Values as Factor of International Relations Today as part of the 23d International Educational Christmas Readings. The conference was organized by the Institute’s Chair of External Church Relations. Among the participants were Archpriest Antony Ilyin, adviser to ...

The ROC Holy Synod meets for its last session in 2014

On December 25, 2014, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church began its last session in 2014 at the Patriarchal and Synodal Residence in St. Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow. It is chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Before the session, Patriarch Kirill spoke briefly on major items of the agenda. ...

Metropolitan Hilarion granted degree of doctor honoris causa by Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo

On December 19, 2014, during his visit to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, made with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations and rector of Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute for Post-Graduate Studies, visited Veliko Tarnovo University. The guest was ...

Celebrations marking Grand Consecration of Russian Church of St. Nicholas in Sophia led by Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria

November 30, 2014, the centenary of the Grand Consecration of the church of St. Nicholas of Myra in Lycia in Sofia, which is the representation of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarchal See of Bulgaria, was marked by the Divine Liturgy celebrated by the Primate of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. His Holiness ...

Patriarch Kirill meets with new US ambassador

November 21, 2014 – His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USA to Russia, Mr. John F. Tefft. Among those present was the ambassador’s wife, Ms Mariella Cellitti Tefft, and the Deputy Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs of the US Embassy, Ms Andrea ...