The Special Inter-Orthodox Commission for preparing documents for a Pan-Orthodox Council began its 3d session at the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Orthodox center in Chambesy.
Metropolitan Hilarion presented certificates of the Metropolia of Tatarstan’s grants to winners of the youth social contest ‘Love! Live! Act!’ The grants had been established to involve Orthodox youth in promoting socially significant initiatives.
Rector of the church, archpriest Ioann Kaleda told those present about St. David who had lived in the 6th century and about the monasteries he founded which bear his name and are located some 60 km from Tbilisi.
At the entrance to the Church of St John of Kronstadt, Metropolitan Hilarion was met by Hegumen Yevfimiy (Moiseyev), rector of the Theological school.
They discussed the relationship between the Muslim and Orthodox communities in Tatarstan and noted the unique experience of cooperation between them, as well as the high level of inter-ethnic relations.
Metropolitan Hilarion spoke on the topic “Faith as Shaping Power and Basis of Civilizational Stability of the State”.
The monastery was built in the 16th century at the place of the finding of the miracle-working icon of the Heavenly Queen.
On 27 March 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, arrived in Kazan with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to take part in the celebrations marking the millennium of the demise of the Holy Prince…
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed his condolences over the demise of the Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Dinkha IV
In his message to the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, expressed his condolences over the death of His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a message of condolences to the President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, over the death of the country’s first Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
In his message to Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, head of the Government of the Republic of Singapore, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, expressed condolences over the death of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
The topic of their meeting was ‘The rise of religious radicalism and fundamentalism and the role of inter-religious dialogue in the promotion of tolerance and respect for human dignity.’
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent his condolences to the King of Spain Felipe VI and the Federal Chancellor of Germany Ms. Angela Merkel over the death of passengers and crew of the plane crashed in the Alps.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Bishop Augustine of Gorodets and Vetluga was on a visit to Serbia for a field meeting of the Izborsk Club.
His Eminence welcomed the high guest to the Department for External Church Relations.
On March 24, 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met with the Republic of Cuba’s ambassador to Russia, Mr. Emilio Lozada Garcia.
The next meeting of the Commission on Theology will take place on 15 June 2015.
The courses, organized by Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies, are being held at the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
There were 23 newly-consecrated bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church. After the liturgy, Metropolitan Varsonofy greeted them, pointing to the importance of the bishops’ courses held by the Russian Orthodox Church’s post-graduate school.
The meeting took place after the All-Night Vigil celebrated in the church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted-in-Bolshaya-Ordynka in Moscow.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, the following message of greetings on the commemoration day of his heavenly patron saint.
The chairman of the Department for the External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, has sent the following message of greetings to His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, on his saint’s day
The meeting was chaired by Ms. Olga Golodets, Deputy Chair of the Government of the Russian Federation.
Participating in the session were Metropolitan Polykarpos of Spain and Portugal (Patriarchate of Constantinople), Bishop Luke of Western Europe (Serbian Patriarchate), and Bishop Timotei of Spain and Portugal (Patriarchate of Romania).
The plot, which size is 640 square metres, has been purchased thanks to special purpose donations by benefactors.
On 19 March 2015, the first meeting of the Commission for International Cooperation of the Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations under the President of the Russian Federation took place at the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. The Commission was established at the Council’s meeting on…
The appearance of this statement has been dictated by the catastrophic situation of Christians in the Middle East who have been subjected to unprecedented persecution by the Islamic State and other terrorist groupings.
Bishop Jovan of Slavonia, the Serbian Orthodox Church visited Moscow on 12-17 March 2015 with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
At the Little Entrance His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presented church awards to some brethren. After the Litany of Fervent Supplication the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church offered up a prayer for peace in Ukraine.