DECR Chairman

25.12.2009 19:26

Holy Synod decisions on external affairs

At its meeting on 25 December 2009, the Holy Synod made a number of decisions concerning the external work of the Russian Orthodox Church. The 2010 DECR work plan as presented by the DECR chairman was approved.
25.12.2009 15:39

Αρχιεπίσκοπος Βολοκολάμσκ Ιλαρίων απέστειλε συγχαρητήρια επιστολή στον Μητροπολίτη Γαλλίας Εμμανουήλ με αφορμή την εκλογή του στη θέση του Προέδρου του Συμβουλίου Ευρωπαϊκών Εκκλησιών

(Russian) Председатель Отдела внешних церковных связей Московского Патриархата архиепископ Волоколамский Иларион поздравил митрополита Галльского Эммануила с избранием на пост президента Конференции европейских церквей.
25.12.2009 13:46

Opening session of the Russian Orthodox Church Holy Synod

This synodal year ends with a session in Chisty Pereulok, the historical city residence of the Patriarchs of Moscow.
25.12.2009 10:02

DECR chairman sends Christmas greetings to heads of non-Orthodox Christian Churches

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, has sent Christmas greetings to Pope Benedict XVI, Supreme Patriarchate and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, Archbishop Yukka Paarma of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland, Archbishop Rowan Williams of the Anglican Community and to…
24.12.2009 9:55

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk completes his visit to Thailand with laying the foundation of the Holy Trinity Church in Phuket

Attending the celebration were Vice Governor of the Province of Phuket Smith Palawatwichai, the Phuket Mayor Suratin Lianudom, and other representatives of the regional and municipal authorities of Phuket.
23.12.2009 13:06

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk congratulates Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone on his 75th birthday

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, sent the following congratulation to Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, on his 75th birthday. Your Eminence: I wholeheartedly congratulate you on your 75th birthday. Your service to God in the Salesian family and…
21.12.2009 11:26

Archbishop Hilarion consecrates a Church of All Saints in Pattaya

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, who is leading an official delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church at the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of Orthodox in Thailand, consecrated a Church of All Saints in Patayya, on Dec. 20.
21.12.2009 9:48

Archbishop Hilarion leads celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of Orthodoxy in Thailand

A reception was given on 19 December 2009 on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church to mark the 10th anniversary of Orthodoxy in Thailand. The celebrations were led Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relation as head of an official delegation of the…
19.12.2009 19:53

Archbishop Hilarion celebrates Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas’s in Bangkok

On December 19, 2009, the Commemoration Day of St. Nicholas the Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, who is in Bangkok for the 10th anniversary of Orthodoxy in Thailand, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas’s.
19.12.2009 1:39

Archbishop Hilarion meets with Orthodox clergy in Asian-Pacific region

Participating in the meeting, which took place at St. Nicholas’s Church in Bangkok, were clergy in charge of the Moscow Patriarchate parishes in China, Thailand, Mongolia, Indonesia, Singapore and other countries of the region.
18.12.2009 13:00

Archbishop Hilarion arrives in Thailand

On 18 December 2009, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, arrived in Bangkok with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to take part in the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Orthodoxy in Thailand.
18.12.2009 12:50

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk congratulates Primate of the Orthodox Church of Finland on the eighth anniversary of his enthronement

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, sent the following greetings to Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland with the anniversary of his enthronement: Your Eminence: I cordially greet You with the eighth anniversary of Your enthronement. While congratulating You on this…
17.12.2009 15:03

Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission completes its work

The Commission, whose task is to elaborate the agenda of a Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, continued to consider the problem of autocephaly and ways of declaring it – the discussion which began in 1993, and prepared proposals on autonomy and ways of declaring it.
17.12.2009 11:32

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk congratulates Metropolitan Emmanuel of France on his election as President of the Conference of European Churches

The Central Committee of the Conference of European Church (CEC) at its session on December 16, 2009, elected Metropolitan Emmanuel of France (Patriarchate of Constantinople) as new President of the CEC.
15.12.2009 23:21

Archbishop Hilarion visits Russian Diplomatic Mission in Geneva

Archbishop Hilarion and members of the delegation had a talk with the permanent Russian representative Ambassador Valery Loshcinin. They discussed cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the dialogue with world community on the meaning of traditional values in the life of the…
15.12.2009 11:40

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk celebrates Divine Liturgy at the cathedral of the Russian Church Outside Russia in Geneva

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, who are in Switzerland for a meeting of the Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission for a Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on December 13, 2009, the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Elevation…
14.12.2009 17:04

Archbishop Hilarion’s answers questions from Der Spiegel

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, answered questions from Der Spiegel magazine. Below is the text of the talk His Eminence Hilarion had with the magazine’s correspondents. The interview is published in Der Spiegel’s issue No. 51, 2009. – How would you…
14.12.2009 13:06

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk: ‘A woman can hold major leading positions in the Church’

Speaking about the role of woman in the Church on the Church and the World TV talk-show on December 12, 2009, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, answered questions from TV-viewers.
12.12.2009 22:16

Archbishop Hilarion meets with rector of University of Fribourg

Archbishop Hilarion, who is a privat-docent of the University of Fribourg, told his colleagues from Fribourg about the work of Sts Cyril and Methodius’s Post-Graduate and Doctoral School which he was appointed to lead in March 2009.
10.12.2009 16:53

DECR Chairman expounds position of the Russian Orthodox Church on the prospects of dialogue with the Evangelical Church in Germany in his letter to the ECG leadership

Archbishop Hilarion recalls an opinion expressed by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on the ordination of women. There were no objections against any decision of this matter in the confessions that do not recognize ordination as a sacrament, and the ordained women in the ECG had not…