DECR chairman meets with leaders of Baptist World Alliance
On May 23, 2022, the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, met at the DECR with the President of the Baptist World Alliance, Rev. Tomás Mackey, and the BWA General Secretary, Mr. Elijah Brown.
Metropolitan Hilarion meets with leaders of a major inter-Cristian humanitarian organization
On May 13, 2022, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, met in Paralimni, Cyprus, with the leaders of the ACT Alliance (Action of Churches Together), an inter-Christian humanitarian organization, General Secretary Rudelmar Bueno, and Moderator Eric Lucien.
Russian Orthodox Church delegation attends Orthodox Pre-Assembly of World Council of Churches
The Orthodox Pre-Assembly of the World Council of Church has begun its session on May 12, 2022, in Paralimni, Cyprus. Present at the event is a delegation of the Moscow Patriarchate led by the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
Metropolitan Ioasaf of Kirovograd and Novomirgorod has made an open appeal to the head of the Kirovograd regional military administration and the leaders of the law-enforcement structures of the region over the violations of constitutional rights and freedoms of the faithful in the Diocese of Kirovograd of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists with a reference to the press service of the UOC Diocese of Kirovograd.
Two churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church closed in Rovno region
On Saturday 7th May, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the Parish of St David of Wales, Derby, in the historic chapel of St Mary on the Bridge. It was the first time in over two years that the liturgy had been celebrated, following a long interval resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic.
Community of the seized church in the Ukrainian village of Pereniatyn prays in a chapel
On May 6, 2022, fifty-one civilians were evacuated from the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, Patriarchia.ru reports with reference to TASS. The evacuated people were handed over to representatives of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross and departed for selected accommodation sites.
The canonical Church is banned by authorities in Brovary near Kiev
On April 30, supporters of the schismatic “OCU” tried to seize the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God at the Yasinya urban settlement in the Trans-Carpathian region.
Radicals try to obstruct divine service in an Orthodox church in Lvov
On May 1, 2022, Metropolitan Hilarion, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, answered questions from Ekaterina Gracheva, the anchor of the Church and the World program on Rossiya 24 channel and questions from the viewers.
A textbook for Bachelor of Theology degree “Professional English for Theologians” has come out
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
The Church’s communication with the world external to her is a special but integral part of Orthodox mission. This ministry is not always the direct proclamation of the Word of God. However, it helps millions of people to see Orthodoxy from various viewpoints and also to come to feel the beauty and power of Orthodoxy.
Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate DECR – Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
The Department for External Church Relations (DECR) carries out an important service standing on the front lines of our Church, defending these boundaries and entering into dialogue with all well-wishers and not only well-wishers. Dialogue is necessary, in the first place, for the defense of our Church so that she may continue carrying out her salvific ministry.