METROPOLITAN HILARION: TERRORISM AND EXTREMISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST CONTINUE GROWING AND SPREADING LIKE A PLAGUE

On May 2, 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion as presenter of the Church and the World TV program had as his guest the chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society Sergey Stepashin. Metropolitan Hilarion: Good afternoon, dear brothers and sisters. Christ is Risen! In these Paschal days, the mental eyes of many Orthodox faithful are directed to the ...

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 ...

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE “ARCHONS” VISITS THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE LED BY METROPOLITAN OF RETHYMNON

On Saturday the 12th/24th of April 2015, a group of fifty pilgrims, most of them Cretans, but also Greeks of the American diaspora and “Archons” of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, visited the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, led by Metropolitan Eugenios of Rethymnon and Avlopotamos. The esteemed pilgrims were welcomed by Patriarch Theophilos in the presence of Hagiotaphite Fathers. Both ...

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 ...

METROPOLITAN ISAIAH OF TAMASSOS OF THE EXARCH OF THE PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM IN CYPRUS DECORATED

On Easter Friday, the 4th/17th of April 2015, the Most Reverend Isaiah, Metropolitan of Tamassos and Oreini, accompanied by the Exarch of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem in Cyprus, Metropolitan Timotheos of Bostroi, visited the Patriarchate. They were heading a group of approximately fifty pilgrims from Cyprus. The Primates and guests were received by Patriarch Theophilos of ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION: THERE IS THE GENOCIDE OF CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

On March 29, 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, who hosts the Church and the World program on Russia-24 TV network, had as his guest the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Commissioner For Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, Constantine Dolgov. Metropolitan Hilarion: Good afternoon, dear brothers and sisters! You are watching the Church and the ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION OF VOLOKOLAMSK IN KAZAN

METROPOLITAN HILARION OF VOLOKOLAMSK VISITS KAZAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY On 28 March 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, rector of Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies, who had arrived in Kazan to take part in the celebrations marking the millennium of the demise of the ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION OPENS 5TH ADVANCED COURSES FOR NEWLY-CONSECRATED BISHOPS OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

On 23 March 2015, the 5th advanced courses for newly-consecrated bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church began with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The courses, organized by Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies, are being held at the Department for External Church Relations of the ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION VISITS VATOPEDI MONASTERY AND RUSSIAN XILOURGOU SKETE

In the evening of March 11, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, who was visiting Mount Athos with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, arrived in the Vatopedi Monastery. During Grand Compline, Metropolitan Hilarion was praying together with the brethren of ...

METROPOLITAN SERGIUS OF TERNOPIL: “SORROWS AND PERSECUTIONS LEAD US TO GOD”

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Pravoslavie.ru - March 2015 What is essential to remember for a Christian who is being persecuted? Metropolitan Sergius of Ternopil and Kremenets (Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which has been under particular pressure from the Uniates and the so-called “Kiev Patriarchate”) has answered the questions of the Pravlife.org portal. “Sorrows and persecutions drive us to turn to God. It seems, ...

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 ...

CHINESE VERSION OF METROPOLITAN HILARION OF VOLOKOLAMSK’S BOOK ‘THE SACRAMENT OF FAITH’ COMES OUT

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8/3/15 The Chinese version of Metropolitan Hilarion’s book ‘The Sacrament of Faith’ has come out. It has been prepared by the Orthodox Brotherhood of Ss Peter and Paul in Hong Kong. The translation was made by Ling Seng, a young expert in Russian language and literature who studies at the extramural department of Khabarovsk Seminary. The book ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION: STORY OF CHRIST’S SUFFERING IS THE CORE OF THE GOSPEL

On 1 March 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, celebrated the Passion Service, commemorating the suffering of Christ, first time during this Lent, at the Moscow Church of the “Joy to All the Afflicted” Icon of the Mother of God in Bolshaya Ordynka Street. Concelebrating ...

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 ...

Prelates Honored at Jerusalem Patriarchate

October 2014 PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM DECORATES METROPOLITAN THEOLOGOS OF SERRES On Saturday, the 14th/27th of September 2014, on the feast-day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, after the divine Liturgy at the All-holy Church of the Resurrection, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem conferred the medal of the Supreme Taxiarch of the Equestrian Order of the ...

ROC HOLY SYNOD MEMBERS PRAY FOR THE LATE METROPOLITAN VLADIMIR OF KIEV AND ALL UKRAINE

July 2014 On July 25, 2014, before the beginning of the Holy Synod session, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Holy Synod members honoured in prayer the memory of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine. The Primate and hierarchy of the Church prayed at the Chapel of All ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION OF VOLOKOLAMSK VISITS KYRGYZSTAN

On 21-22 July 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, visited Kyrgyzstan with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. In Bishkek, the DECR chairman met with Mr. Daniyar Narymbaev, head of the Executive Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, and ...

THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM DECORATES FLORINA METROPOLITAN AND PROTOSYNCELLUS

July 2014 On Monday the 1st/14th of July 2014, a group of fifty pious pilgrims, headed by the Most Reverend Theocletus, Metropolitan of Florina, accompanied by the Protosyncellus, Archimandrite Justinus, visited the Patriarchate. The Metropolitan, the Protosyncellus and accompanying pilgrims were warmly received by H.B. Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, and Hagiotaphite Fathers. Patriarch Theophilos talked to the guests ...

THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM PERFORMS MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE LATE METROPOLITAN VOLODYMYR OF KIEV

July 2014 On the morning of Monday, the 24th of June/7th of July 2014, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, in the framework of a divine liturgy commemorating the birth of John the Baptist at the monastic church of Sts Constantine and Helen, performed a memorial service for the repose of the soul of Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kiev ...

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN’S CONDOLENCES OVER THE DEMISE OF HIS BEATITUDE METROPOLITAN VLADIMIR OF KIEV AND ALL UKRAINE

July 2014 The President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin, expressed his condolences to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, members of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, and bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church over the demise of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine. I was deeply ...

METROPOLITAN OF LARISSA DECORATED

June 2014 On Friday the 24th of May/6th of June 2014, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem conferred on the Most Reverend Metropolitan Ignatius of Larissa and Tyrnavo the honorary title of the Grand Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, for his genuine love and support of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, manifested mainly ...