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.
On May 25, 2022, in Drogobych, Lvov region, the city council department headed by Mayor Taras Kuchma announced the St. Job of Pochayev church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as property of the city community and sealed it up to be further transferred to the ‘OCU’, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists with reference to the Media Drogobichchina website.
The work of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church prohibited in Bogorodchany, Ivano-Frankovsk region
On 21st May 2022 supporters of the schismatic structure known as the ‘Orthodox Church of Ukraine’ seized the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in the settlement of Ivankov in the Kiev region. This was reported on the Facebook page of the St. Michael’s Zverinets Monastery, states the Union of Orthodox Journalists.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church banned in the Lvov region
On May 14, representatives of Orthodox youth organizations and parish groups in Germany met in Bad Kissingen. The meeting was attended by 80 young people. The work of the meeting resulted in establishing an All-German Orthodox youth organization called “Russian Orthodox Youth in Germany”.
In the Ukrainian village of Ozero the faithful were ‘transferred’ to a schismatic group while they prayed in church
On 10th May 2022 a Council of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate took place in the Cathedral of the Virgin “’Who Hastens to Hear’ in Tallinn, reports the official site of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Metropolitan Hilarion on the work carried out by the Church amid the political confrontation in Ukraine
The activity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has been banned by the decision of the city council deputies in the city of Brovary, Kiev region, Ukraine, “while martial law is in effect.”
In various Ukrainian regions, churches continue to be forcibly ‘transferred’ to the schismatic structure
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.