Second meeting of the working group for dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Presidency of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey takes place at the Department for External Church Relations

April 2014 The meeting was held at the DECR premises on April 8, 2014, under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) and Prof. Dr. Mehmet Paçaci, head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Presidency of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, usually ...

Meeting of Commission the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on dialogue with Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kievan Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autonomous Orthodox Church takes place

29/3/14 A business meeting of the Commission of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on dialogue with Ukrainian communities outside ecclesial communion took place at the Assumption Laura of the Caves in Kiev On 26 March 2014, a business meeting of the Commission of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on dialogue with Ukrainian communities outside ecclesial communion took place at the Assumption Laura of the Caves in Kiev. Archbishop Mitrofan of ...

Extremists have no place in Syrian political processes – Russian and Antioch church leaders

Moscow, January 30, Interfax - The leaders of the Russian and Antioch Orthodox Churches have called for peace in Syria and its independence. "The two Churches believe that it is only through an open and honest dialogue that it is possible to guarantee a real peace in Syria, her independence and territorial integrity and to ensure ...

1st Anniversary of Metropolitan Tikhon’s Enthronement

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 29/1/14 Exactly one year ago on, January 27, 2013,  His Beatitude,Metropolitan Tikhon wasenthroned at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Washington, DC as Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America andCanada. On behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops, the clergy, monastics and faithful of theOrthodox Church in America we pray that our Lord will grant him ...

Meeting of Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Kirill

On October 6 2013, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, met yesterday in Podgorica. The Primates of two Churches are in Podgorica on the occasion of the consecration of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of God in Podgorica Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Kirill discussed about issues ...

Patriarch Kirill meets with President Alexander Ankvab of Abkhazia

On March 4, His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, received A. S. Ankvab, President of the Republic of Abkhazia, at the patriarchal and synodal residence in the St. Daniel Monastery. They discussed the religious and cultural relations between the peoples of Abkhazia and Russia. Participating in the meeting were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman ...

Situation of religious minorities in Syria becomes even more menacing

Statement of the Department for External Church Relations’ Communication Service 6/3/13 Alarming news coming from different dioceses of the Orthodox Church of Antioch say that the situation of religious minorities in Syria becomes even more menacing due to the escalation of military confrontation in the country. For instance, on 18 February 2013, the diocesan council of the archdiocese ...

Russian Church protests vandalisms in Kosovo

Moscow, February 6, Interfax - A recent wave of vandalism of Orthodox holy sites in Kosovo is "a means of intimidation of the Orthodox population of Kosovo and Metohia," the Russian Orthodox Church said. "The mass vandalizing of holy sites is a means of intimidation of the Orthodox population of Kosovo and Metohia and an attempt ...

Orthodox priest met in Ukraine with families of hostages held captive in Libya

12/6/2012 Soon after his return from Libya coworker of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Archpriest Zechariah Kerstyuk met in Ukraine with the relatives of the prisoners, who are held captive by Libyan rebels for more than nine months. During the meeting, archpriest Zechariah told them about his meeting with the ...

Patriarch Kirill is going to donate to charities all money earned in case over the flat in the House on the Embankment

Moscow, March 30, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia told about nuances of judicial proceedings connected with his flat in the famous House on the Embankment in downtown Moscow. He has recently met with renowned TV anchor Vladimir Solovyov who cited the Primate's story on air the Vesti FM radio station. "Suddenly my ...

Latvian version of Patriarch Kirill’s book presented in Riga

20/3/2012 On 19 March 2012, the Latvian version of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s book ‘Freedom and Responsibility: In Search of Harmony. Human Rights and Personal Dignity’ was presented at the premises of the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ in Riga. Present at the presentation were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for ...

Russian Orthodox Church denies pratriarch’s involvement in business projects

21/2/2012 MOSCOW - The Russian Orthodox Church has flatly denied the media publications stating that Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill traded in tobacco and oil in the 1990s and made billons on it. The synodal information department said in a release issued on Monday that such publications "are false and deliberately defame the Holy Patriarch ...

A Meeting with a Syrian delegation takes place at the Department for External Church Relations

On February 16, 2012, DECR vice-chairmen Archpriest Nikolay Balashov and Hegumen Philaret (Bulekov) met with a Syrian delegation who came to Russia on the previous day. Participating the in meeting were Bishop Luke of Seydnaya, vicar of the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Sheikh Alaa Eddin Zateri and actors Mohammad Hadi Bagdounes and ...

About 15 thsds of women annually die from home violence – Metropolitan Hilarion

Moscow, December 23, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate urges society and authorities to consider scales of violence in Russian families. "Scales of home violence are impressive: about 15 thousands of women a year perish from hands of their husbands or cohabitors. This terrific statistics is only the top of the iceberg: great amount of women, children ...

Metropolitan Hilarion accuses West of leaving Egypt Christians in the lurch

Moscow, November 1, Interfax - Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations has accused the West of failing to stand up for Egyptian Christians during recent violence against them and has slammed Western governments for putting economic interests before human life. "Despite the unprecedented escalation of violence against Christians ...

Inter-Council Presence’s commission on attitude to non-Orthodoxy and other religions meets at DECR

8.09.2011 The Inter-Council Presence’s commission on attitude to non-Orthodoxy and other religions met at the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations on 2 September 2011. The meeting was chaired by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. The commission discussed a draft document on mixed marriages prepared by a working group set up at the previous meeting. The draft ...

The Russian Church doubts Kosovo police is capable to protect Orthodox Shrines

Moscow, August 8, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate is concerned with desecration of Orthodox shrines in Kosovo. The statement of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, posted on its website, explains it refers to the recent desecration of the Beheading of St.John the Baptist Church in the village of Samodraza, stealing of the roof from ...

Grand meeting on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations takes Place

24.07.2011 On 24 July 2011, a grand meeting on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) took place at the ‘Danilovskiy’ hotel complex in Moscow. The Presidium included His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia; Metropolitan Philaret of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All ...

Dbar expects “some positive decisions” from the Moscow Patriarchate

05/07/2011 The Moscow Patriarchate will consider the ban on service of the rebel Abkhazian priests Dorofei Dbar and Andrey Ampar. "Maybe in the near future some positive decision will be made" - Dbar told the news agency Apsnypress after returning from the Russian capital. At that the head of the so-called "Holy Metropoltanate of Abkhazia" noted ...

Sino-Russian consultations on exchanges and cooperation in the sphere of religion took place in Moscow

8/6/2011 On June 8, 2011 the first consultation of the Russian-Chinese group for contacts and cooperation in the religious sphere was held in the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations In November 2009, a delegation from the Council for Cooperation with Religious Associations under the President of the Russian Federation, with the participation of representatives of ...

DECR chairman addresses Kirchentag Participants

4.06.2011 On 3 June 2011, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), took part in the panel discussion on a just peace at the 33rd Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag held in Dresden. In his presentation, Metropolitan Hilarion said that peacemaking began in human soul and in the family. In reply to ...