On May 25, 2017, the Day of the Ascension of the Lord, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Grand Consecration of the church of the Resurrection of Christ and New Martyrs and Confessions of the Russian Land at the Sretensky stauropegial monastery in Moscow and…
On May 25, 2017, the Coptic Patriarch, His Holiness Tawadros II, completed his visit to Moscow for the award ceremony to receive the prize of the Unity of Orthodox Nations Foundation.
On May 24, 2017, President Vladimir Putin, who came to the patriarchal residence in Chistiy Pereulok to greet His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on the occasion of his name day, had a talk with him and the Coptic Patriarch, His Holiness Tawadros II.
On May 24, 2017, the commemoration day of Ss Cyril and Methodius Equal-to-the-Apostle, the Teachers of the Slavs, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
On 23 May 2017, at the Hall of the Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia led the 17th annual ceremony of awarding the Patriarch Alexy II Prize of the Unity of the International Public Foundation for…
On May 23, 2017, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with President Gjorge Ivanov of Macedonia at the Red Hall of the Church of Christ the Saviour.
(Russian) В ответ на обращение Предстоятеля Русской Православной Церкви в связи с подготовленными к рассмотрению в Верховной Раде Украины проектами законов № 4128 и № 4511, которые предусматривают введение дискриминационных норм в отношении канонической Украинской Православной Церкви, Блаженнейший Патриарх Великой Антиохии и всего Востока Иоанн X направил Патриарху Кириллу послание.
His Holiness Tawadros II, the Coptic Patriarch, has arrived in Moscow. His Holiness’s visit is made on the occasion of his winning the prize of the International Public Foundation of the Unity of Orthodox Nations.
The meeting took place at the Supreme Church Council Hall at the Cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour.
On 21 May 2017, the shrine containing a particle of the holy relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker was delivered by special flight from the Italian city of Bari to Moscow.
The part of the relics, the saint’s left ninth rib, will stay in Moscow and St. Petersburg till July 28.
On 17-18 May 2017, the Working group and the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions held their meetings in Astana, Kazakhstan.
In anticipation of the session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on May 18, during which the two anti-Orthodox bills were to be considered, Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, sent messages to the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
As has been repeatedly noted by religious leaders, secular experts and human rights advocates that these bills, if adopted, would lead in particular to the introduction of discriminatory restrictions with regard to the largest religious organization in Ukraine and the only canonical Orthodox Church in the country.
On 17 May 2017, the second meeting of the Working Group for Rendering Humanitarian Aid to the Population of Syria took place at the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations.
His Beatitude Rostislav, Metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, has appealed to Ukrainian President P. Poroshenko and Supreme Rada Chairman A. Parubii, expressing profound concern for the planned adoption of anti-church Bills No. 4128 and No. 4511.
The Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church addressed the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in connection with the consideration of bills Nos 4128 and 4511 planned for 18 May 2017.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the head of the Central Asia Metropolis, Metropolitan Vikenty of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, arrived on May 10, 2017, in the Serbian Orthodox Church’s diocese of Budimlja and Niksic.
An attempt to reformat the religious situation in Ukraine contrary to the opinion of a majority of the faithful – which is fraught with grave consequences for the civic peace in the country torn as it is by a confrontation – this is how Bills No. 4128 and No. 4511,…
In response to the appeal of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, has sent to Ukrainian President P. Poroshenko and Supreme Rada Chairman A. Parubiy a letter expressing profound concern over the…
On May 17, 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), met with the president of the Slovenian Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Stanslav Lipovsek of Celje (Roman Catholic Church in Slovenia).
On 18 May 2017, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is to vote on the bills Nos. 4128 and 4511.
On 10-14 May 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), visited Washington, D.C., to take part in the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians. Metropolitan Hilarion also met with the U.S. Vice-President Michael Pence and various religious leaders of the…
Bills No. 4128 and 4511 to be considered in the Supreme Rada on May 18, 2017, are viewed by representatives of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and other religious leaders in Ukraine as well as secular experts as discriminatory and aimed against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Along with the problem of oppression and sometimes direct elimination of the Christian population in the Middle East countries, the forum dealt with the situation of Christians in other regions of the world.
A wide range of issues of mutual concern was discussed. Metropolitan Hilarion shared with Mr. Kislyak his impressions of the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians, stressing the importance of coordinated actions of Russia and America in the struggle with terrorism.
The DECR chairman thanked Metropolitan Tikhon for the invitation to visit St. Nicholas Cathedral and concelebrate the Divine Liturgy there.
On May 13, 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), celebrated All-Night Vigil at the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington, the parish founded in September 1949 by St. John the Wonderworker of Shanghai.
On 13 May 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations DECR), head of the Russian Orthodox Church delegation to the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians, met with His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada.
On 13 May 2017, the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians, which opened in Washington D.C., USA, on May 10, held its final session.