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 ...

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Pope Benedict XVI

On 16 October 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican after the session of the Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, at which the DECR chairman delivered greetings. Metropolitan Hilarion conveyed best wishes to Pope Benedict XVI from ...

Pope Benedict XVI agrees with Russian Church on Pussy Riot

Moscow, October 17, Interfax - Pope Benedict XVI agrees with the Moscow Patriarchate's evaluation of the stunt carried out by the punk group Pussy Riot in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The issue was addressed in the meeting between Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, with the ...

KFC In Lebanon Burned In Anger Over Pope Visit

Reuters 14/9/2012 TRIPOLI, Lebanon, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters set alight a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday, witnesses said, chanting against the pope's visit to Lebanon and shouting anti-American slogans. Locals watching the attack said some people were shouting, "We don't want the pope" and "No more insults ...

SPC metropolitan:Pope should first visit Jasenovac

20/8/2012 NOVI SAD – Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb, Ljubljana and the entire Italy stated on Sunday that before coming to Serbia, head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI should visit Jasenovac and honour the memory of the victims killed in the prison camp set up by the Nazi puppet state Croatia. Metropolitan Jovan stated that ...

Armenian Catholicos receives the Vatican official

16/7/2012 ETCHMIADZIN. – The Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II on Monday received Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Roman Curia of the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholicos welcomed the Cardinal’s visit to Armenia and the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, and recorded that ties between the Armenian Apostolic ...

Pope Benedict XVI offers prayers for Coptic Pope Shenouda III

18/3/2012 APF Vatican's Pope Benedict XVI expresses solidarity with Egypt's Coptic Orthodox community, following Coptic patriarch's death on Saturday. Pope Benedict XVI offered prayers Saturday for Egypt's Coptic Pope Shenouda III who died on Saturday at the age of 88, a Vatican spokesman said. The Catholic pope expressed the desire that "the Lord welcomes this great pastor," Vatican spokesman ...

Church Leaders Appeal for Talks to Prevent Syrian Civil War

By Benjamin Mann 23/2/2012 Damascus -- Catholic leaders have called for negotiations to prevent a civil war in Syria, where the conflict between government supporters and opponents is being compared to last year's fight for control of Libya. "Everybody is suffering in Syria because there is violence coming from every side," Maronite Archbishop Paul N. El-Sayeh of Antioch ...

Patriarch Kirill expresses “respect, fraternal love” to Pope Benedict XVI

Moscow, September 27, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed his respect towards Pope Benedict XVI. "I am rejoicing at the opportunity to meet with you as the high representative of the Catholic Church and the Holy See in order to express my respect and fraternal love to His Holiness. I would ...

Pope Tells Orthodox: Incomplete Communion That Already Unites Us Must Grow

By Deacon Keith Fournier 6/28/2011 Pope Benedict is the Pope of Christian Unity. There is a growing collaboration between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches in efforts to slow the collapse of Christian influence in European culture. There have been other signs of the Spirit at work in pulling these Churches to a along the path toward reestablishing communion. VATICAN ...

Popes Repeats the Same Mistake by Hailing Cardinal Stepinac

Cardinal Stepinac

By Speroforum 6/6/2011 Pope Benedict hails WW2-era Croatian cardinal Blessed Aloysius Stepinac, who was the cardinal of Croatia during the Second World War, has been criticized for supposed good relations with Nazi occupiers. During his June 5 visit to Croatia, Pope Benedict XVI travelled to Zagreb's Cathedral, which is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and ...

Archbishop Chrysostomos II meets Pope Benedict

FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE 29/3/2011 Pope Benedict XVI has assured the primate of the Church of Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos II that he will help in any way possible to reverse a Turkish Cypriot demand for an admission fee to enter a Greek Orthodox monastery, in northern Turkish occupied Cyprus. The illegal Turkish Cypriot regime, which no country except Turkey recognises, ...

Pope encourages talks with Oriental Orthodox Churches

28/1/2011 Pope Benedict XVI met on January 28 with members of a joint commission for dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox churches. The Pontiff expressed appreciation for their work and confidence for the future of the ecumenical dialogue. The Oriental Orthodox churches are those Christian bodies that broke away with Rome in the wake ...

Patriarch Daniel: Pope Benedict XVI’s possible visit to Romania must be thoroughly Prepared

16-12-2010 The Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR)'s Patriarch Daniel believes that a possible visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Romania must be prepared thoroughly, so that it represents a joint proof in the defense and promotion of Christian values in contemporary Europe, the Romanian Patriarchy's Press Office and the Inter-religious Relations Sector informed on Wednesday in a ...

His Holiness Karekin II extends condolences to Pope Benedict XVI

2/11/2010 His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, sent a letter of condolence to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for innocent victims of the terrorist attack on the Syriac Catholic cathedral in Baghdad committed on November one. According to the Information Services of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the letter, in ...

Meeting of pope, Russian Patriarch increasingly possible, Official Says

19/5/2010 By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While a meeting between Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Pope Benedict XVI has not been scheduled, the head of ecumenical relations for the Russian church hinted that the possibility of such a meeting is greater than ever. Metropolitian Hilarion of Volokolamsk, president of the Moscow Patriarchate's ...

Patriarch Kirill sends Easter greetings to Pope Benedict

Moscow, April 13, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent Easter greetings to the heads of Churches celebrating Easter on April 12.Among them are Pope Benedict XVI, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians, Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany ...

Moscow Patriarchate supports position of Pope Benedict XVI rejecting Condoms

Moscow, March 20, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church supports the position of Pope Benedict XVI rejecting condoms including in order to prevent HIV infection."It is incorrect to consider condoms as a panacea for AIDS," the deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told a round table in ...

Patriarch Kirill hopes for broader dialogue with Catholics

Moscow, February 3, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said he hoped relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church would further develop.The Russian Patriarch met with an official delegation of the Holy See, which attended his enthronement, at his working residence in Moscow on Monday. Patriarch Kirill ...

Pope hopes for broader dialogue with Russian Church under new Patriarch

Vatican, January 28, Interfax - Pope Benedict XVI has sent his greetings to Patriarch Kirill, the newly elected head of the Russian Orthodox Church, expressing the hope for a broader dialogue between the two Churches."I assure Your Holiness of my spiritual closeness and of the Catholic Church's commitment to cooperate with the Russian Orthodox ...