Consecration of restored Orthodox churches in Arbin and Az-Zabadani
On January 22, Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, took part in the Sunday Divine Liturgy at the Church of Great Martyr George the Conqueror in Arbin, Syria.
Address of the DECR chairman Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk at the meeting of the UN Security Council
On January 17, 2023, Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, delivered an on-line address at the meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk meets with His Beatitude Stefan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia
On January 11, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Macedonia - the Archdiocese of Ohrid, His Beatitude Stefan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia, received in his residence in Skopje Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, who came to Northern Macedonia for a working visit with a blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
On January 17, DECR secretary for inter-Christian relations Hieromonk Stephen (Igumnov) met with the representative of the Community of Sant’Egidio in Moscow, Alessandro Salakone.
Moscow will host a conference on the Old Rite in the life of the Russian Orthodox Church
Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), has sent a congratulatory address to the DECR vice-chairman, Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), on the occasion of his 55th birthday. The text reads as follows:
Participants in the meeting at the DECR will discuss Church care for mentally ill young people
On 8th January the head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem archimandrite Alexander (Yelisov), accompanied by the staff of the Mission abbot Nikon (Golovko), hieromonk Dometian (Markaryan) and hieromonk Athanasius (Bukin), attended the traditional reception which is annually held in the Great Throne Hall of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem to mark the feast of the Nativity of Christ. The reception was headed by His Beatitude the Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine Theophilos III.
Rector of the Russian Church Metochion attends celebrations marking the 145th anniversary of the liberation of Sofia
At the 29 December session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, after the report made by Anthony of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relation Metropolitan, Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk was confirmed as DECR vice-chairman (Minutes No. 143). The session was held at the Patriarchal and Synodal Residence in the St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow. It was chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
Religious communities in Russia delivered humanitarian aid to children in Donbas
On December 22, a research and practice conference on “Islam – an integral part of religious heritage of Russia: 1100th anniversary of Volga Bulgaria’s conversion to Islam” took place at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. The conference was organized by the Commission of the RF Public Chamber for Harmonization of Interethnic and Interreligious Relations and the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia.
Antiochian Bishop attends prayer service before an icon of the Great Martyr James at the Russian Representation in Damascus
An article by Matthew Namee
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.