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The 17th session of Petersburg Dialogue Russian-German Public Forum took place in Moscow on October 7-8, 2018. Its theme was the strengthening of trust, partnership and cooperation between civil societies of Russian and Germany as an impetus to inter-governmental dialogue.

Taking part in the forum on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church were among others Archpriest Sergy Zvonarev, DECR secretary for far abroad countries, Rev. Iliya Kosykh, head of the DECR communications service, hierodeacon Yaroslav (Ochkanov) , of the DECR secretariat for far abroad countries.

On October 8, Archpriest Zvonarev delivered greetings at the session of the working group on the ministry of the Church in hospices. Discussed was the care of the Churches of Russia and Germany for serious patients, experience of church hospices and palliative medicine.