Belarusians paid last respect to the national poet Nil Gilevich

Nadezhda Filipchik - For OCP News Service - April 2016 Minsk- Belarus: On the 1st of April thousands of Belarusians gathered in the cathedral of St. Peter and Paul In Minsk in order to pay a last tribute to a legendary poet Nil Gilevich. The last national poet of Belarus died on the 29th of March ...

Metropolitan Filaret awarded St. Alexis Order First Class

Филарет, митрополит (Вахромеев Кирилл Варфоломеевич)

25/3/15 Metropolitan Filaret, the Honorary Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, was awarded the Order of St. Alexis, the Metropolitan of Moscow, First Class, of the Russian Orthodox Church. On behalf of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill the order was presented to the Honorary Exarch by Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl during the gala evening ...

Metropolitan Filaret retires after 35 years of heading Belarusian Orthodox Church (updated)

Moscow, December 25, Interfax - Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk is retiring having reached the age of 75. The decision was made at a Wednesday session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. Earlier the metropolitan submitted a letter of resignation, the press service of Patriarch Kirill reports. Members of the Holy ...

Patriarch Kirill gives consent to Belarus’ Exarchate office in Moscow

14/11/13 MINSK, 12 November (BelTA) – Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill gave consent to the proposal of the Belarusian Orthodox Church to open an office of the Belarusian Exarchate in Moscow, Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus told bishops at the Synod meeting, BelTA learnt from the Belarusian Exarchate. “I ...

Thousands of people prayed with heads of Orthodox Churches in Minsk

Minsk, July 29, Interfax - Some 20,000 people attended the liturgy served by the heads of the Orthodox Churches in a Minsk square on Monday. "One of the first lands to be christened after Kiev was the Polotsk land, the land you now symbolically think of as the people of Belarus," Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and ...

Alexander Lukashenko visits Minsk Church of All Saints

MINSK, 6 May (BelTA) - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visited the Church of All Saints in Minsk on Easter Day celebrated by Orthodox Christians on 5 May, BelTA has learnt. The Belarusian head of state together with Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus lit up a candle in honor of the ...

Belarusian President visits All Saint Temple in Minsk

7/1/13 Alexander Lukashenko, his youngest son Nikolai and Metropolitan Filaret lighted the Christmas candle in honor of John the Bishop. The Metropolitan presented the icon of the Birth of Christ to the President. In his turn the head of the state presented a unique wall clock made according to ancient Belarusian technology to the leader of the ...

Metropolitan Filaret presents church awards to Athos monks

Bealrus Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate MINSK, 20 November (BelTA) - Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Filaret, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, received a delegation of the Athos monastery Hilandar headed by the Abbot of the Monastery, Archimandrite Methodius, BelTA learnt from the Belarusian Exarchate. “His Eminence Metropolitan Filaret had a conversation with the guests. Metropolitan Filaret ...

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk awarded degree of doctor of theology honoris causa by Minsk Theological Academy

8/3/2012 On March 6, 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, in his capacity as rector of the Sts Cyril and Methodius Post-Graduate and Doctoral School and chairman of the Synodal Biblical-Theological Commission, visited the Minsk Theological Academy during his visit to Belarus with the blessing of His ...

Leaders of churches ignored address of political prisoners’ families

10.01.2012 Only a pastor of Minsk charismatic church “New Life” has answered the open letter of wives and mothers of the prisoners of conscience in Belarus, published on the eve of Christmas. The requests of the women to come to the defence of their husbands were also addressed to the leader of the Belarusian Orthodox Church, a ...

Belarus – Alexander Lukashenko meets with Cardinal Koch, Metropolitan Filaret

15/11/2011 There are no inter-confessional conflicts in Belarus. The country may serve as a model of good relations between different religions, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Kurt Koch, Chairman of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Metropolitan Filaret on 14 November. “Belarus is the place which can serve as a ...

International peace meeting of religious leaders in Munich

17.09.2011 An international meeting under the theme ‘Bound to Live Together. Religions and Cultures in Dialogue’ was held from September 11 to 13, 2011, in Munich, Germany. It was organized together by the Community of St. Egidio and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and ...

Believers to pray for dead and wounded in terror act in all Byelorussian Churches

Minsk, April 12, Interfax - Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Byelorussia expressed condolence to the families of the dead and to all Byelorussian people in relation with the terror act in metro. "Bewilderment and sorrow for innocent bloodshed grip all hearts with the news about the victims of explosion in the Minsk metro. Peaceful citizens of ...

Metropolitan Filaret declines to meet with Tatsyana Sevyarynets

1/4/2011 Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Filaret has refused to meet with Tatsyana Sevyarynets, the mother of political prisoner Pavel Sevyarynets. At the same time, he blessed Bishop of Borysausk, vicar of Minsk diocese Veniamin to this meeting scheduled for 6:00 pm March 31, the press service of the Belarusian Christian ...

Metropolitan Filaret May Refuse to Participate in the All-Belarus Assembly

15/11/2010 Fourth All-Belarus People's Assembly may pass without the representatives of the Orthodox Church. Nomination of priests as delegates to this event was not sanctioned by the leadership of the Church. Metropolitan Filaret hasn't been nominated as a delegate as well, the commissioner of the Belarusian Exarchate of Media Relations father Eugene (Swiderski) said. According to the ...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch may meet Pope in 2011

26/8/2010 The time is ripe for a meeting between Pope Benedict and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and may be possible in 2011, a high ranking Russian Orthodox official says. Metropolitan Filaret made the comments following a meeting with Budapest Cardinal Peter Erdo, Zenit.org reports. The cardinal and metropolitan embraced in a show of unity as they ...

Russian Orthodox Church rejects Metropolitan Filaret’s formal Resignation Letter

01.06.2010 The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has rejected a formal resignation letter by Metropolitan Filaret, head of the Church in Belarus, and blessed him to continue his service. The Church's rules require all eparchs to file a resignation letter when they turn 75, Alexy Shynkevich, spokesman for the Church's Belarusian Exarchate, told BelaPAN on Monday. The ...

Metropolitan Kirill elected Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Moscow, January 27, Interfax - The delegates to the Church Council meeting under way in Moscow have elected Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.Metropolitan Kirill garnered 508 (72%) out of the 702 votes during the election on Tuesday. To be elected Patriarch, a candidate had to be ...

Metropolitan Filaret withdraws from patriarchal election

Moscow, January 27, Interfax - Patriarch Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, one of the three candidates for the Moscow Patriarchal See, withdrew his candidacy at a Church Council session on Tuesday afternoon, a source attending the forum told Interfax-Religion.The Church Council also decided not to nominate more candidates for Patriarch, the source said.Thus, the ...

Metropolitans Kirill, Kliment, Filaret elected Candidates for Patriarch of Moscow

Moscow, January 25, Interfax - The Archbishop's Council of the Russian Orthodox Church has approved Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, Metropolitan Kiment of Kaluga and Borovsk and Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, who is also the head of the Byelorussian Orthodox Church, as candidates for Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.Metropolitan Kirill ...