His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit.
Metropolitan Hilarion thanked Georgian archpastors for the efforts undertaken for strengthening relations between the Russian and Georgian Orthodox Churches in science and education and wished Metropolitan Nicholas success in defending his thesis.
On 20 April 2015, a regular session of the Organizing Committee for celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the demise of St. Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles was held at the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR).
A grand Paschal reception took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs House of Reception. It was attended by the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, and Russian Federation Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey V. Lavrov.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), met with Austrian Ambassador to Russia Emil Brix.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, sent Paschal greetings to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; King Felipe VI of Spain; Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein; Mr. Heinz Fischer, Federal President of Austria; Mrs. Angela…
The guest was accompanied by Mr. Saeb Erekat, member of the Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee, and Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Mr. Fayed Mustafa.
On 12 April 2015, the feast of the Radiant Resurrection of Christ, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Paschal Great Vespers at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
"I prayerfully beseech of the risen Christ that he fill your heart with Paschal joy and grant his unfailing aid in your lofty Primatial ministry."
Concelebrating with the archpastor were clerics of the church.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Geek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the patriarchal and synodal residence in St. Daniel’s Monastery.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, sent the following Paschal greeting to Pope Francis, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, chairman of the EKD Council, and heads of other non-Orthodox Churches.
The Special Inter-Orthodox Commission for preparing documents of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church completed its third session at the Orthodox Center in Chambesy, Switzerland.
At the conclusion of the 5th Advanced Course, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, in his capacity of the CMI rector, presented diplomas to its graduates.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, sent a message to Rev. Dr. Olaf Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, expressing his condolences over the death of pastor Dr. Philip Potter who hold the post of the WCC general…
On March 29, 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, who hosts the Church and the World program on Russia-24 TV network, had as his guest the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Commissioner For Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, Constantine Dolgov.
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.
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”.