JOURNALISTS TELL WHY RUSSIAN MINISTER OF DEFENSE CROSSED HIMSELF AT MOSCOW’S VICTORY DAY PARADE

May 2015 Numerous media have noted that the Russian Federation’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu crossed himself before beginning the Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square, reports the Eer.ru (“External Economic Relations”) website. The journalists of the Kommersantnewspaper have stressed that none of Russia’s previous Ministers of Defense ever made such a gesture before, and have ...

PRIMATE OF RUSSIAN CHURCH CELEBRATES LITURGY AT THE CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR IN MOSCOW ON 5TH SUNDAY AFTER PASCHA

On 10 May 2015, the 5th Sunday after Pascha, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Concelebrating with His Holiness were: Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations; Bishop Savva of Voskresensk, first deputy ...

DECR CHAIRMAN EXTENDS CONDOLENCES OVER DEATH OF TWO RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS KILLED IN EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL

DECR chairman extends condolences over death of two Russian diplomats killed in earthquake in Nepal

May 2015 Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, extended the following condolences to Sergei Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, over the death of the two staff members of the Russian Embassy in Pakistan: Dear Sergei Viktorovich: I was saddened to learn of the death of the two Russian diplomats, ...

SESSION OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH TAKES PLACE UNDER CHAIRMANSHIP OF HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL

On 29 April 2015, a regular session of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church began its work at the Hall of the Supreme Church Council at the Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. His Holiness opened the meeting and ...

PASCHAL RECEPTION AT RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

April 20, 2015 – A grand Paschal reception took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs House of Reception. It was attended by the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, and Russian Federation Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey V. Lavrov. Among the guests were governmental officials, representatives ...

OVER 600 RUSSIAN CITIES TO JOIN THE ACTION TO REMEMBER THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Pravoslavie.ru - April 2015 Several hundred events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide will be held in the Russian Federation, reports TASS. This information was received on Monday by the journalists from head of the Union of Armenians of Russia Ara Abramyan. “Hundreds of events will take place in 640 Russian cities and towns. They ...

BILATERAL COMMISSION OF MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE AND RUSSIAN ORTHODOX OLD-RITE CHURCH HOLDS ITS FIRST SESSION

Bilateral Commission of Moscow Patriarchate and Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church holds its first session

On 31 March 2015, the first meeting of the bilateral commission which will consider the possibility of recognizing the hierarchy of the Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church took place at the Moscow Spiritual Centre of the Old Believers of the Belokrinitsa branch in the Rogozhskaya Settlement. The commission was established on the initiative of Metropolitan Hilarion ...

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 ...

A UNIQUE BOOK ON THE HISTORY OF RUSSIAN ATHONITE MONASTICISM PUBLISHED AT MT. ATHOS

Holy Mount Athos, March 20, 2015 - Pravoslavie.ru The History of St. Panteleimon’s Russian Monastery on Mt. Athos From Ancient Times to 1735, is the title of the fourth volume published by St. Panteleimon’s Monastery on Mt. Athos of a 25-volume series: Russian Athos of the 19th-20th Centuries, dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of ancient Russian monasticism ...

DECR HOSTS FIRST MEETING OF COMMISSION FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION OF THE COUNCIL FOR COOPERATION WITH RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS UNDER THE PRESIDENT OF RUSSIAN FEDERATION

On 19 March 2015, the first meeting of the Commission for International Cooperation of the Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations under the President of the Russian Federation took place at the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. The Commission was established at the Council’s meeting on 11 December 2014. The session was ...

PRIMATE OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH CELEBRATES AT ST. DANIEL MONASTERY IN MOSCOW ON THE COMMEMORATION DAY OF THE HOLY PRINCE

On 17 March 2015, Tuesday of the fourth week of Lent and the commemoration day of the Right-Believing Prince Daniel of Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Vespers and the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in the Cathedral of the Trinity of the Danilov stavropegic Monastery, Moscow. Among those concelebrating were ...

NEW MAGAZINE LAUNCHED BY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ARTIST ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ART

The Art Newspaper - March 2015 A group of Russian Orthodox artists and intellectuals has launched an arts journal in an effort to promote the role of religious art in today’s increasingly secular society. The launch of Dary, or “Gifts”, which is published in a glossy magazine format, came just before Patriarch Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox ...

PATRIARCH JOHN X OF ANTIOCH THANKS THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH FOR HOSPITALITY

Patriarch John X of Antioch thanks the Russian Orthodox Church for hospitality

18/3/15 His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East, sent a letter to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, expressing gratitude for brotherly Christian love and Abraham’s hospitality according him during his visit to the Russian Orthodox Church. Among the highlights of Patriarch John’ visit was the prize presented to ...

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 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 ...

PRIMATES OF ANTIOCHIAN AND RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCHES CELEBRATE LITURGY AT CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR ON FORGIVENESS SUNDAY

On 22 February 2015, Cheesefare Sunday, remembrance of Adam’s expulsion from Paradise (Sunday of Forgiveness), commemoration of the finding of the relics of St Innocent the Bishop of Irkutsk and of the relics of St Tikhon the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East, ...

THE FIRST MEETING IN 2015 OF THE SUPREME CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OPENS UNDER CHAIRMANSHIP OF HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL

On February 17, the first in 2015 meeting of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church began its work at the Hall of the Supreme Church Council at the Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. His Holiness opened the meeting ...

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 ...

HIERARCH OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH VISITS CAMBODIA

On 13 February 2015, Archbishop Feofilakt of Pyatigorsk and Cherkessk arrived in Cambodia, accompanied by Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Kingdom of Thailand, and Mr. Dmitry Petrovsky, a staff member of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. At the Phnom Pen airport the delegation of the ...

RESOLUTIONS OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE

Resolutions of the Russian Orthodox Church Bishops’ Conference

6/2/15 The Bishops’ Conference of the Russian Orthodox Church took place on February 2-3, 2015, at the Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. It was chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The bishops heard Patriarch Kirill’s report about the work carried out by the Russian Orthodox Church to develop its life ...

PATRIARCH KIRILL SPEAKS AT THE 3RD CHRISTMAS PARLIAMENTARY MEETINGS IN THE RUSSIAN STATE DUMA

January 2015 On 22 January 2015, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia took part in the 3rd Christmas parliamentary meetings held in the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation as a part of the 23rd International Christmas Readings. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and Mr. Sergei Naryshkin, chairman of the State ...