St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York holds academic convocation for Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk awarded Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causa

November 9, 2014 – Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations and rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate Studies, who is on a visit to the USA with a blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, attended the academic convocation ...

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Primate of the Orthodox Church in America

November 9, 2014 – Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, who is on a visit to the USA with a blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, met with the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, ...

Metropolitan Hilarion: By taking the Word of God sown in good soil, the saints have brought forth great fruits

On October 26, 2014, the commemoration day of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted-in-Bolshaya-Ordynka, Moscow. After the Litany of Fervent Supplication, Metropolitan Hilarion lifted ...

Patriarch Kirill sends letter to Iraq’s President concerning the situation of Christians in Iraq

On October 9, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a letter to Iraqi President Fuad Masum, expressing concern for the situation of Christians in northern Iraq. “Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians and people of other religions have been forced to leave their homes”, the letter states. Patriarch Kirill stated that ...

Patriarch Kirill meets with Iran’s ambassador to Russia

September 2014 On September 24, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Mehdi Sanaei, at the patriarchal residence in Chisty Pereulok. Welcoming his guest, Patriarch Kirill pointed out that the long-standing relations between the peoples of Russia and Iran have developed especially actively ...

Patriarch Kirill consecrates the church of Holy Martyr Clement – the Orthodox Pope of Rome

September 2014 On September 27, 2014, the Day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Grand Consecration of the church of Holy Martyr Clement, the Pope of Rome, at Zamoskvorechye, and the Divine Liturgy in the newly-consecrated church. His Holiness was assisted by a great assembly ...

13 plenary session of Orthodox-Catholic theological dialogue completes its work

On September 22, 2014, the 13th plenary session of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Orthodox and the Roman-Catholic Churches completed its work, at Amman, Jordan. The meeting was attended by twenty three delegates from the Catholic side and representatives of the Orthodox Churches of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Russia, Georgia, Serbia, Romania, Cyprus, ...

Metropolitan Hilarion: Unia remains a bleeding wound on the body of Christendom

20/9/14 The chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, believes that the 13th plenary session of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches should result in a theologically correct exposition of differences in the Orthodox and Catholic teachings on primacy and synodality. He spoke ...

Metropolitan Hilarion: there always be spiritual unity between the Russian and Ukrainian nations

On September 13, Metropolitan Hilarion, host of the Church and the World talk-show on Vesti-24 TV network, had as his guest Mr. Alexander Shchipkov, editor-in-chief of the Religion and Mass Media internet portal. They discussed the religious dimension of the Ukrainian conflict. Mr Shchipkov: Last August, two interesting documents, two letters, were published: the first ...

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with president of the Conference of European Rabbis

On September 12, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met at the DECR with Moscow’s Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbies. They discussed a number of questions concerning interreligious cooperation and the role of religious leaders in resolving crises in Europe. It ...

International forum on “The Large Family and the Future of Humanity” opens in Moscow

On September 10, 2014, an international forum on “The Large Family and the Future of Humanity” was opened at the State Kremlin Palace. The participants will discuss family-oriented initiatives in various spheres of societal life and reflect on the social, economic, cultural and religious-Moral conditions in which the family lives in the world today. It is ...

Terror Against Christians in Iraq

August 2014 Statement by the Communication Service of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations. The tragic events caused by the unprecedented terror employed by militants against Christians in Iraq urge the Russian Orthodox Church again to raise her voice in their defence. About 1,5 million Christians lived in Iraq before 2003. Religious radicalism, banditry, continued terror ...

Patriarch Kirill celebrates the memory of St. Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles

July 2014 On July 28, 2014, the commemoration day of the Holy Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles and the Day of the Baptism of Rus’, a public holiday in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. His Holiness was ...

Patriarch Irenaeus of Serbia thanks Patriarch Kirill for aid to victims of flood in Balkans

31/7/14 His Holiness Irenaeus, Patriarch of Serbia, has sent to His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, a letter expressing gratitude to the Primate and faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church for the support and aid raised and sent to the Serbian Orthodox Church for victims of the disastrous flood that hit Western Balkans ...

DECR REPRESENTATIVES MEETS WITH GRANDSON OF FOUNDER OF ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN

  On June 2, 2014, an interreligious meeting with the participation of diplomats and scholars took place at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Moscow on the occasion of the 25thanniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini. In his speech, the Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Sanaei underlined the importance of the development of interreligious dialogue ...

On the Day of Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem, Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Divine Liturgy in Spanish capital

April 12, 2014 – With the blessing of Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, arrived in Spain. He was met by Russian Ambassador Yu. Korchagin and Rev. Andrey Kordochkin, rector of the church of St. Mary Magdalene in Madrid. During ...

DECR chairman receives new representative of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia

On April 10, 2014, a meeting took place between Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, and the newly appointed rector of the Moscow representation of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, Archimandrite Seraphim Shemyatovsky, who has come to serve in Moscow from Czechia. On March ...

Metropolitan Hilarion administers the rite of reuniting those who temporarily fell away from the Orthodox Church

On April 9, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, administered the rite of reuniting those who temporarily fell away from the Orthodox Church by diverting into various false teachings and sects, at the church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted-in-Bolshaya Ordynka. The rite of ...

The 5th anniversary of Patriarch Kirill’s enthronement marked by Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour

On February 1, 2014, the 5th anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Patriarch Kirill was assisted by a great assembly of hierarchy and clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church and representatives of the ...

Enthronement of Archbishop Joachim of Prague

On February 1, 2014, the enthronement of the newly-elected Archbishop Joachim of Prague and the Czech Lands took place at Ss Cyril and Methodius’s in Prague in the presence of numerous clergy and laity. With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and at the invitation of the elected Metropolitan Rostislav ...

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk awarded Mexico’s Order of the Legion of Honour

On January 17, 2014, during the grand reception held on the occasion of the name-day of Metropolitan Anthony of Mexico, Central America, Venezuela and the Caribbean Island (Patriarchate of Antioch), Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk was awarded Mexico’s Order of the Legion of Honour, one of Mexico’s highest insignia awarded by the President of Mexico to ...