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 ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION OF VOLOKOLAMSK MEETS WITH MR. DAMIR MUKHETDINOV – DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF MUSLIM SPIRITUAL BOARD OF RUSSIA

On 29 April 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, met with Mr. Damir Mukhetdinov, deputy chairman of the Central Muslim Spiritual Board of Russia. The meeting took place at the Department for External Church Relations. Taking part in it were also other representatives of the Central ...

DECR REPRESENTATIVES MEETS WITH PRESS COUNSELORS OF THE EMBASSIES OF ARAB STATES IN MOSCOW

On 27 April 2015, representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) met with press counselors of the Embassies of Arab states in Moscow. Taking part in the meeting were Revd. Dimitry Safonov, head of the section for interreligious contacts; Revd. Iliya Kosykh, head of the communication service; deacon Feodor Shulga of the ...

PATRIARCH KIRILL MEETS WITH GENERAL SECRETARY OF WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

April 22, 2015 – His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit. Participating in the meeting at St. Daniel’s Monastery were also Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, Metropolitan ...

PATRIARCH KIRILL MEETS WITH PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS

April 13, 2015 – His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas. The guest was accompanied by Mr. Saeb Erekat, member of the Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee, and Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Mr. Fayed Mustafa. Participating in the meeting were also Metropolitan Hilarion of ...

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 OF VOLOKOLAMSK MEETS WITH RECTOR OF RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY FOR HUMANITIES

On 4 March 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute for Postgraduate Studies, met with Prof. Dmitry Bogatyrev, rector of the Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities. They were joined in the meeting that took place at the DECR premises by archpriest Vladimir Shmaliy, hieromonk Ioann (Kopeikin), vice-rectors ...

HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL MEETS WITH THE PRIMATE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH OF ANTIOCH

On 19 February 2015, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Attending the meeting, which took place in the Patriarchal and Synodal residence at St. Daniel’s stavropegic monastery, were Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate; ...

WORKING GROUP FOR PREPARING DIALOGUE BETWEEN RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH AND COPTIC CHURCH MEETS IN CAIRO

February 2015 The working group for preparing dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Church met on February 9-13, 2015, at the Coptic Church’s conference center at Madinat An Nasr in Cairo. The meeting was held in compliance with the agreement for further development of relations between the two Churches concluded by Patriarch Kirill of ...

THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM MEETS WITH ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN JORDAN

On the afternoon of Friday, the 24th of January/6th of February 2015, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem met with approximately twenty members of the Executive Committee of the recently appointed Advisory Committee in Amman, Jordan. The Patriarch was accompanied by Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias, Patriarchal Commissioner; Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Elder Secretary-General; Archbishop Philoumenos of Pella, ...

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES USA MEETS WITH THE ASSYRIAN CHURCH OF THE EAST’S CIRED

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The Holy Apostolic and Catholic Assyrian Church of the East - January 2015 On Friday, January 16, 2015 the Ecclesial Relations Committee of the National Council of Churches USA met with representatives of the Assyrian Church of the East. The cordial, all-day meeting took place at the rectory on the campus of St. Mary’s church, in ...

THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA MEETS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT

On 13 January 2015, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa had an official meeting in Cairo with His Excellency the Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Ibrahim Mahlab. During the meeting which took place in a cordial atmosphere because of their lengthy acquaintance and collaboration, from the ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION MEETS WITH THE HEAD OF THE RUSSIAN AND NOR NAKHICHEVAN DIOCESE OF THE ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH

On 24 December 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), met with Archbishop Ezras Nersisyan, head of the Russian and Nor Nakhichevan diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church. They were joined in the meeting, which took place at the DECR premises, by hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), DECR secretary ...

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV MEETS WITH PRIMATE OF THE COPTIC CHURCH

On 29 October 2014, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Patriarch Tawadros II of the Coptic Church at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Taking part in the meeting on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR); ...

POPE & PATRIARCH TAWADROS II OF THE COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH ARRIVES IN MOSCOW : MEETS DECR CHAIRMAN METROPOLITAN HILARION

PAN-ORTHODOX UNITY - OCTOBER 2014 On October 28, 2014, His Holiness Tawadros II, Patriarch of the Coptic Church, arrived in Moscow for his first visit to the Russian Orthodox Church since he was elected to the Patriarchal throne in November 2012. The official delegation accompanying His Holiness includes Metropolitan Bishoy of Damietta; Bishop Rafeile of Central Cairo, ...

POPE THEODOROS MEETS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ARABIC SPEAKING ORTHODOX COMMUNITY

On 29th September 2014, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, welcomed to the Patriarchal See representatives of the Arabic speaking Orthodox community of Alexandria, who wished His Beatitude health and length of days on the occasion of the upcoming completion of a decade since his elevation to the ancient ...

DECR VICE-CHAIRMAN MEETS WITH DELEGATION OF TURKEY’S PRESIDENCY OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS

  On 1 October 2014, Archimandrite Philaret, vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with a delegation of the Presidency of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey at the DECR premises. The delegation is visiting Russia to follow up an agreement reached at the second meeting of the working group for ...

PRIMATE OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH MEETS WITH HEAD OF CHINA’S STATE ADMINISTRATION FOR RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS

  On 15 July 2014, at the Patriarchal residence in St. Daniel’s Monastery, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia received a delegation of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) of the People’s Republic of China, led by its director, Mr. Wang Zuoan. Taking part in the meeting were also Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman ...

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 ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION MEETS WITH ASSYRIAN PATRIARCH

May 2014 On May 27, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, met with the Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Dinkha IV, who is on a visit to Russia at the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. During a warm talk, His Eminence Hilarion told the high guest about the ...

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE MIDDLE EAST COUNCIL OF CHURCHES (MECC) MEETS IN ANTELIAS

April 2013 As a President of the MECC, His Holiness Aram I presided over and hosted the meeting. The meeting began with a business session, during which the church representatives discussed administrative and financial issues, the situation of Christians in Syria and Egypt, humanitarian assistance to refugees and the urgency for Christian-Muslim dialogue. During the second part ...