Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk arrived in Belgrade

Church of Serbia - 25/2/18 His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, President of the Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, arrived to Belgrade in the evening of the 22nd February 2018. The dignitary of the Moscow Patriarchate will participate in a formal presentation of the mosaic painting in the central dome of the Saint ...

Jerusalem Must Remain Center of 3 Major Religions – Russian Orthodox Church

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Sputniknews - 17/12/17 Jerusalem must remain a spiritual center of three major religions, the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations said on Saturday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, said on Saturday that Jerusalem must remain a spiritual center of three major religions — Christianity, Islam and Judaism. "We should not forget that Jerusalem ...

Vatican Lauds Russia Important Role in Building Peace Worldwide

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Sputinknews - 27/8/17 Vatican Secretary of State said that Russia is meant to play an important role on the international arena due to its geographical position and history. VATICAN CITY (Sputnik) – Russia is meant to play an important role on the international arena due to its geographical position and history, and is responsible for achieving peace in the world, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal ...

ST. NICHOLAS ONCE SAVED MET. HILARION FROM DEATH, THE HIERARCH BELIEVES

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Pravoslavie.ru - 23/5/17 Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, has related a story of miraculous help from St. Nicholas in his life, reports Interfax-Religion. “It was in Lithuania,” he said, speaking on the “Church and the World” program on TV station Russia-24. “I was a young priest, with an inexperienced ...

Metropolitan Tikhon discusses persecution of Christians with Billy Graham Association representative

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - November 2016 His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon welcomed the Rev. Viktor Hamm, Executive Assistant of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America on Thursday, November 10, 2016. During the course of the meeting, the Rev. Hamm extended an invitation to Metropolitan Tikhon to attend and address the ...

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Serbian Patriarch

Church of Serbia - September 2016 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received in audience His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 30 August 2016. The audience was attended by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of ...

Medal of St. Mark of Ephesus instituted as award of Department for External Church Relations

Moscow Patriarchate - April 2016 The medal of St. Mark of Ephesus was instituted on 6 April 2016 with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia as an award of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR). St. Mark of Ephesus, an outstanding defender of Orthodoxy, is an example to ...

RUSSIAN CHURCH DOUBTS PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL POSSIBLE IN CURRENT SITUATION

Interfax-Religion - December 2015 Chairman of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk is cautious about prospects for convening a pan-Orthodox Council. "There are doubts about the very possibility of a pan-Orthodox Council being held at a time when some of the Orthodox Churches are in a state of unsettled conflict, and the leader ...

4TH FORUM ON “THE SANCTITY OF MOTHERHOOD” IN KAZAN

On 26 November 2015, the 4th Forum held within the framework of the All-Russian Programme “The Sanctity of Motherhood” began its work in the capital of Tatarstan. This year the meeting, organized by St Andrew the First-Called Foundation and the Centre of National Glory, focuses on the Centuries-Old Family Traditions as the Foundation of Russia’s ...

PATRIARCH KIRILL AND MOSCOW MAYOR VISIT PATRIARCHAL METOCHION OF THE HOLY MARTYRS OF CHERNIGOV IN MOSCOW

Patriarch Kirill and Moscow Mayor visit Patriarchal Metochion of the Holy Martyrs of Chernigov in Moscow

On November 18, 2015, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin visited the Patriarchal Metochion of the Holy Martyrs of Chernigov in Moscow. The architectural compound of the metochion, a monument of the 14th-15th centuries and object of cultural heritage of federal significance, was restored for the centenary of ...

THE 5TH PAN-ORTHODOX PRE-COUNCIL CONFERENCE COMPLETES ITS WORK

On 16 October 2015, the 5th Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference concluded its sessions, held at the Orthodox Centre of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Chambésy, Switzerland. With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, a delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church, led by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department ...

“Today we have new divisions in the Christian world”

“Today we have new divisions in the Christian world”

DECR - June 2015 Statement of the DECR communication service concerning the decision of the Church of Scotland on a possible ordination of gay people in civil partnership and of the United Protestant Church of France on a possible blessing of the so called same-sex unions. On May 16, 2015, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland ...

Is There A Future For Ecumenism? Lecture by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk

Lecture by the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk at the Universities of Winchester (5 February 2015) and Cambridge (6 February 2015). Dear members of the faculty, students and guests of the university! I have been asked to give a lecture on the topic of interaction between ...

Metropolitan Hilarion condemns anti-Christian “genocide” in M. East

Metropolitan Hilarion condemns anti-Christian “genocide” in M. East

Moscow, December 11, Interfax - Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations on Thursday expressed deep anxiety over anti-Christian "genocide" in the Middle East. “The so-called Arab Spring, which has lasted for several years, has led to the violation of principal interreligious and interethnic balances that have been taking ...

Metropolitan Hilarion and Pope Francis discuss Greek-Catholics’ actions in Ukraine

Metropolitan Hilarion, Pope Francis discuss Greek-Catholics’ actions in Ukraine

Interfax religion Moscow, October 20, Interfax - Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, has discussed the situation in Ukraine with Pope Francis in the Vatican. “The head of the Department for External Church Relations shared with the pontiff his deep concerns about the involvement of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church ...

Metropolitan Hilarion visits Serbian Patriarchate

27/8/14 His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for the External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, paid a visit to the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on August 25th, 2014. High representatives  of the Russian Orthodox Church were welcomed at the airport by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Lipljan, Vicar of Serbian Patriarch, and ...

People in Middle East thank Patriarch Kirill for his efforts to defend Christians in the region

People in Middle East thank Patriarch Kirill for his efforts to defend Christians in the region

24/8/14 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations have received letters expressing gratitude for the attention to the tragic fate of Christians in the Middle East. After the Communication Service of the Department for External Church Relations published on August 14, 2014, its statement “On Mass ...

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 ...

St Gregory the Theologian Foundation to transfer three hundred thousand roubles to victims of clashes in Odessa

Church of Russia - May 2014 With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, the St Gregory the Theologian Charity Foundation will transfer three hundred thousand roubles to the Odessa diocese to help the families of those who died or was injured during the bloody clashes ...

Second meeting of the working group for dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Presidency of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey takes place at the Department for External Church Relations

April 2014 The meeting was held at the DECR premises on April 8, 2014, under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) and Prof. Dr. Mehmet Paçaci, head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Presidency of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, usually ...

Meeting of Commission the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on dialogue with Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kievan Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autonomous Orthodox Church takes place

29/3/14 A business meeting of the Commission of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on dialogue with Ukrainian communities outside ecclesial communion took place at the Assumption Laura of the Caves in Kiev On 26 March 2014, a business meeting of the Commission of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on dialogue with Ukrainian communities outside ecclesial communion took place at the Assumption Laura of the Caves in Kiev. Archbishop Mitrofan of ...