NewsHis Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s condolences over the death of Nelson Mandela
09.12.2013 00:11 · photo ·The Far Abroad, New documents, Patriarchal Ministry
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed his condolences to the South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, over the death of Nelson Mandela, a fighter against racial discrimination and the former president of the Republic of South Africa.
DECR chairman meets with Mexican Ambassador to Russia
06.12.2013 22:47 · photo ·Meetings, Foreign ambassadors, DECR Chairman
Topical issues on the current international agenda were discussed.
Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Croatian Ambassador to Russia
06.12.2013 16:48 · photo ·The Far Abroad, Foreign ambassadors, DECR Chairman
Metropolitan Hilarion said that he had warm recollections of his visit to Croatia last August. He expressed his satisfaction with the results of the referendum held recently in Croatia as the majority spoke against the equation of same-sex unions with traditional marriages.
Patriarch Kirill awards executives of the Presidential Administration
04.12.2013 18:02 · photo ·Patriarchal Ministry, DECR Chairman
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia presented high church awards to some executives of the Presidential Administration, at the Patriarchal chambers in the Moscow Kremlin.
Statement by DECR Communication Service on the events in Syrian Maalula
04.12.2013 01:28 · photo ·The Far Abroad, Inter-Orthodox relations
It is reported that some nuns and orphans as well as Mother Superior Pelagia (Sayyaf) were taken hostage and driven away in an unknown direction.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz Archbishop of Krakow
02.12.2013 20:18 · photo ·Inter-Christian relations, DECR Chairman
The sides discussed some questions of the past and present state of Orthodox-Catholic relations.
Conference ‘The Future of Christianity in Europe. The Roles of Churches and Peoples of Poland and Russia’ completes its work in Warsaw
01.12.2013 12:50 · photo ·The Far Abroad, Inter-Orthodox relations, Inter-Christian relations, DECR Chairman
Prior to the final session, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, and the retired Archbishop Henryk Muszyński, former Metropolitan of Gniezno and the Primate of Poland, were honoured with the award ‘For Merits in Promoting Tolerance-2013’, which the Tolerance Foundation gives to people who promote cooperation among people of different faiths on the basis of equality.
Metropolitan Hilarion meets with president of the Polish Bishops’ Conference
30.11.2013 22:42 · photo ·Inter-Christian relations
Archbishop Jozef Michalik warmly welcomed his high guest at the building of the Polish Bishops’ Conference. He pointed to the great importance of the conference on “The Future of Christianity in Europe – The Role of Polish and Russian Churches and Nations”, for which Metropolitan Hilarion came to Poland.
Metropolitan Hilarion speaks at Russian-Polish conference on Future of Christianity in Europe – the Role of Polish and Russian Churches and Nations
29.11.2013 20:15 · photo ·Inter-Christian relations, DECR Chairman
The DECR chairman’s key-speech was devoted to the theme “New Challenges to Christendom: Prospects for Churches’ Joint Actions”.
International theological conference on Modern Bible Studies and the Tradition of the Church concludes its work
28.11.2013 22:38 · photo ·Postgraduate Study, Patriarchal Ministry, DECR Chairman
The forum was attended by leading bibleists and theologians of the Russian Orthodox Church, secular scholars and specialists from abroad.
Moscow Synodal Choir on tour to Moravia
28.11.2013 15:23 · photo ·
This event became part of the Russian Culture festival in the Czech Republic and was dated to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ and the 1150th anniversary of the coming of Ss Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Iraq’s Ambassador to Russia Ismail Shafeeq Mohsen
26.11.2013 22:19 · photo ·The Far Abroad, Patriarchal Ministry
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church said that Russia and Iraq had a good and long history of relations, which ‘have been intensively developing since 1958 after certain changes, also in historical science, which is close to me and to people having the similar philosophy of life. I recall expeditions from the Russian Academy of Sciences to Mesopotamia, the place of the dawn of civilization linked with the Biblical history. An agreement between our states signed in 1972 has provided legal background for successful development of our relations.’
Delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church takes part in the IX Assembly of the World Conference of Religions for Peace
26.11.2013 21:58 · photo ·The Far Abroad
A delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church took part in the Assembly with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The delegation consisted of archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), vice-chairman of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR) – head of the delegation; Rev. Roman Bogdasarov, acting vice-chairman of the Department for Church-Society Relations and head of the secretariat of the Interreligious Council of Russia; and Rev. Dimitry Safonov, head of the DECR sector of interreligious contacts.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill receives Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family
26.11.2013 14:43 · photo ·Inter-Christian relations, Patriarchal Ministry
They were joined in the meeting, which took place at Danilovskaya hotel, by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, and Prof. Adriano Roccucci, general secretary of the Community of Sant’Egidio.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill opens International Conference on Modern Bible Studies and the Tradition of the Church
26.11.2013 14:38 · photo ·Postgraduate Study, Patriarchal Ministry, DECR Chairman
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia opened the conference and welcomed the participants.
DECR chairman meets with Bishop Aarre Kuukauppi of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria
25.11.2013 18:19 · photo ·Meetings, Heterodoxes, Inter-Christian relations, Postgraduate Study, DECR Chairman
Metropolitan Hilarion noted the identity of views of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Church of Ingria on the role of Christianity in the contemporary secular society and underscored the necessity of protecting traditional Christian values. He highly appreciated the position of the Church of Ingria on many ethical and theological issues.
Requiem service for the victims of mass famine of the 1930s is celebrated in Moscow
24.11.2013 10:42 · photo ·
Celebrating was archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, rector of the church and chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for Church-Society relations, who addressed the worshippers, saying in particular that it is very important to do anything possible so that the tragedies of the 20th century will never occur again.
Celebration of 78th birthday of Metropolitan Vladimir are held in Kiev
23.11.2013 23:20 · photo ·DECR Chairman
Metropolitan Vladimir officiated at the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas’ church, while Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated at the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Laura of the Caves together with Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, abbot of the Laura, and the assembly of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Working group on the premises for prayer and spiritual care for believers at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi holds its meeting
22.11.2013 19:06 · photo ·DECR Chairman
Participating in the meeting were archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, chairman of the Synodal Department for Church-Society relations; Mr. Vladimir Legoida, chairman of the Synodal Information Department; other representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church; and trustees of the Interreligious Council of Russia.
Members of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church commemorated victims of the tragedy in Riga
22.11.2013 18:57 · photo ·Patriarchal Ministry, DECR Chairman
“Before we begin our work, I would like to remind you that on November 21 a tragedy occurred in Riga – the roof and walls of the supermarket collapsed, and innocent people were killed or injured,” His Holiness said.
Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Mr. Igor Radojičić, President of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska
22.11.2013 16:00 · photo ·The Far Abroad, Inter-Orthodox relations, DECR Chairman
Metropolitan Hilarion warmly greeted the high guest and his suite and shared with them reminiscences of his visit to Banja Luka paid at the invitation of the President of the Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, in November 2012. The DECR chairman noted that the development of relations with Republika Srpska was important to the Moscow Patriarchate.
Metropolitan Hilarion’s film ‘The Second Baptism of Rus’ is honoured with an award of Radonezh film festival
22.11.2013 15:04 · photo ·DECR Chairman
On 21 November 2013, an awarding ceremony marked the last day of the XVII International Radonezh Film Festival held at House of Cinema of the Russian Union of Filmmakers.
Metropolitan Hilarion chairs workshop on a study guide for migrants from Muslim countries
21.11.2013 20:46 · photo ·DECR Chairman
Members of the workshop studied a textbook for migrants, ‘The fundamentals of the Russian Language and Culture,’ written by experts from the Synodal department for Church-Society relations, the Russian Orthodox University and the Federal Migration Service of Russia in the framework of the ‘Education’ project.