Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Mexico’s prime minister

On January 16, 2014, during his visit to Mexico, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met with the head of the Mexican government, Mr. Miguel Angel Osorio Chong. The prime minister warmly welcomed Metropolitan Hilarion, describing his visit as an event important for Russian-Mexican relations. He told His ...

Patriarch Kirill chairs Moscow diocesan assembly

December 20, 2013 – An annual Moscow diocesan assembly began its work at the Christ the Saviour’s Cathedral’s hall of church councils, chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia as ruling bishop of the capital city. The assembly presidium includes Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsy and Kolomna, patriarchal vicar of the Moscow diocese; ...

Ukrainian President awards Primates of Local Orthodox Churches

28/7/13 July 27, 2013 – Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich met with the Primates of Local Orthodox Churches who came to Kiev for the celebrations marking the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’. Greeting the guests, Mr. Yanukovich stressed the need ‘to safeguard the spiritual values which for centuries have been the basis of our identity’ and ...

Inter-parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy holds is 20th conference in Athens

1/7/13 The Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy held its 20th General Assembly from June 27-29, 2013, in Athens to discuss Parliamentary Democracy-Christianity-Orthodoxy: Values and Meanings. The Assembly was attended by parliamentary delegations from member states including Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, as ...

Patriarch Kirill begins a primatial visit to Estonia

On June 14, 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has arrived in Estonia. At the airport, he was met by Metropolitan Cornelius of Tallinn and All Estonia, Bishop Lazar of Narva and Prichudye, Estonia’s State Secretary Heiki Loot, Russian ambassador to Estonia, Yu, Merzlyakov, and Belarus’s Charges-des-Affaires V. Lazerko. The delegation accompanying ...

Patriarch Kirill meets with President Alexander Ankvab of Abkhazia

On March 4, His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, received A. S. Ankvab, President of the Republic of Abkhazia, at the patriarchal and synodal residence in the St. Daniel Monastery. They discussed the religious and cultural relations between the peoples of Abkhazia and Russia. Participating in the meeting were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman ...

Situation of religious minorities in Syria becomes even more menacing

Statement of the Department for External Church Relations’ Communication Service 6/3/13 Alarming news coming from different dioceses of the Orthodox Church of Antioch say that the situation of religious minorities in Syria becomes even more menacing due to the escalation of military confrontation in the country. For instance, on 18 February 2013, the diocesan council of the archdiocese ...

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk comments on reports about Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement

On February 11, 2013, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, made comments to ITAR-TASS news agency concerning that coming reports about the retirement of the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI. Reports about the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI have proved to be ...

Common Faith Old Believers thank Patriarch Kirill for opportunity to celebrate according to old rites at the Kremlin Cathedral of the Assumption

On January 25, 2013, a conference on the Old Rite in the Life of the Russian Orthodox Church: Past and Present was held within the 21stInternational Christmas Readings at the St. Sergius Chamber of the Church Councils Hall in the Church of Christ the Saviour. The conference held already for the eighth time was chaired ...

Catholicos-Patriarch Iliya II of All Georgia arrives in Moscow

January 20, 2012 – His Holiness and Beatitude Iliya II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, was given a solemn welcome at Vnukovo airport in Moscow. On his visit to Moscow, the Primate of the Georgian Orthodox Church is accompanied by Metropolitan Theodore of Akhaltsiht and Tao-Klarjeti, vicar of the Catholicos-Patriarch; Metropolitan Gerasim of Zugdidi and Tsaishi, ...

On the Commemoration Day of St. Philaret of Moscow, Patriarch Kirill celebrates at the Church of Christ the Saviour and leads an episcopal consecration

December 2, 2012, the Commemoration Day of St. Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow – His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour, where the relics of St. Philaret are kept. During the liturgy, Patriarch Kirill led the consecration of Archimandrite Feodor (Belkov) as Bishop ...

DECR chairman discusses the situation of Christians in Syria with Syria’s ambassador

November 29, 2012 – Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met with Syria’s ambassador to Moscow Dr Riad Haddad and representatives of the Association for the Support of Families of the Dead ‘July’. Dr. Haddad spoke of the recent developments in Syria, and Ms Mrakkadi of the July ...

Patriarch Kirill celebrates his birthday with liturgy at the Church of All Saints Who Shone Forth in the Russian Land

November 20, 2012 – On this birthday, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the domestic Chapel of All Saints Who Shone Forth in the Russian Land in the Patriarchal and Synodal residence in St. Daniel’s Monastery, Moscow. Praying together with him were members of the Holy Synod, representatives ...

Patriarch Kirill meets with King Abdullah II bin al-Hussein of Jordan

  November 14, 2012 – His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem and All Palestine met with King Abdullah II bin al-Hussein of Jordan at the Royal Palace in Amman. Present at the meeting were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church ...

Metropolitan Hilarion concludes his working visit to Greece

    On September 24, 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, together with His Beatitude Hieronymus, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, attended a concert in the Herodion amphitheatre in Athens. The concert was organized by the Greek Orthodox Church with the support of the St. Gregory the ...

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk leads celebrations marking 200th anniversary of Fort Ross

On August 25, 2012, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, led the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at Fort Ross, the place of the first Russian settlement in California. The liturgy was celebrated in the ...

Anglican and Eastern Churches Association gives annual reception in London

19.10.201 The Anglican and Eastern Churches Association gave an annual reception on November 17, 2011, at Faith House in London. With the blessing of Archbishop Yelisey of Sourozh, the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain and Ireland was represented by Archpriest Mikhail Dudko, sacristan of the Cathedral of the Assumption in London. On behalf of the Church ...

Statement by DECR Communication Service on the desecration of an Orthodox church at the Kosovo village of Samodreza

4.08.2011 The church of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist at the Kosovo village of Samodreza was built at a place where, according to tradition, the warriors of the Holy Prince Lazar took communion before the Battle of Kosovo and where participants in that historic battle were buried. The church was held in reverence by ...

Patriarch Kirill celebrates at Church of Christ the Saviour on 35th anniversary of his episcopal Consecration

14.03.2011 On 14 March 2011, the Monday of the second Lenten week, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at the cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour. His Holiness was assisted by a great assembly of bishops and priests. Among the worshippers were Mr. A. Beglov, deputy head ...

Synaxis of Moscow Saints Day

On Synaxis of Moscow Saints Day, Primates of Alexandrian and Russian Churches celebrate Divine Liturgy at Church of Christ the Saviour On September 5, 2010, the Day of the Synaxis of Moscow Saints, His Beatitude Theodore II, Patriarch of Alexandria and All African and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, celebrated the Divine ...