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14.02.2010 23:13

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates Vespers with the Office of Forgiveness

In the evening of February 14, the eve of Lent, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Vespers with the Office of Forgiveness at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
14.02.2010 22:29

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Asking for forgiveness and receiving it is a necessary condition for one to begin the Lenten feat of repentance

On the Forgiveness Sunday on February 14, 2010, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted.
14.02.2010 20:27

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Our life journey on this earth is a way to the Kingdom of God

On February 13, 2010, the eve of Cheesefare Sunday also called the Sunday of Forgiveness, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk officiated at All-Night Vigil at the church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted in Bolshaya Ordynka Street.
11.02.2010 23:59

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk consecrates the church of the Three Hierarchs-at-Kulishki

On February 11, 2010, the Day of the Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs: Sts Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, consecrated the church of the Three Hierarchs-at-Kulishki. On the same day, he celebrated…
10.02.2010 17:56

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: ‘Holiness is a calling of every Christian’

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, spoke on holiness and ways leading to it in his talk in the Church and the World TV broadcast on February 6, 2010.
10.02.2010 13:23

Jonah, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of all America and Canada, congratulated DECR Chairman on the occasion of elevation to the rank of Metropolitan

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08.02.2010 16:37

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with the Chairman of the Russian Accounts Chamber Sergei Stepashin

The archpastors visited the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh at the Accounts Chamber consecrated by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on 14 January 2010.
07.02.2010 20:25

Primate of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia celebrates at the Church of the “Joy to All the Afflicted” Icon of the Mother of God in Moscow

On February 6, His Beatitude Metropolitan Christopher, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, and Archbishop Nifon of Philippopolis celebrated the All-Night Vigil at the Church of the "Joy to All the Afflicted" Icon of the Mother of God.
06.02.2010 23:50

Metropolitan Hilarion: Christianity is a religion of the people of spirit

Address to a forum of Orthodox youth on 16 January 2010 in Penza, Russia.
05.02.2010 10:18

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with French Catholic Archbishop

On 4 February 2010, at the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk received Monsignor Maurice Gardes, archbishop of Auch, France, president of the National Council for Christian Unity and Relations with Judaism, currently in Russia on a private visit.
02.02.2010 17:06

Primate of Russian Orthodox Church points to positive tendencies in dialogue between Moscow Patriarchate and Roman Catholic Church

His Holiness noted that the Pope Benedict XVI of Rome has a consistent position close to that of the Orthodox on these issues. ‘Evidence to this are his statements and messages as well as views expressed by high-ranking representatives of the Roman Catholic Church with whom we maintain contacts’, His…
01.02.2010 12:50

Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations elevated to the rank of metropolitan

During the Little Entrance of the Divine Liturgy celebrated to mark the first anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church granted hierarchical awards to several hierarchs of the…
28.01.2010 19:51

DECR Chairman meets with Primate of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia

On 28 January 2010, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, met with His Beatitude Metropolitan Christopher of the Czech Lands and Slovakia at the DECR premises.
28.01.2010 19:47

Primate of the Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia lectures to the postgraduate students

On 28 January 2010, at the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, His Beatitude Metropolitan Christopher of the Czech Lands and Slovakia read a lecture to the students of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Postgraduate and Doctoral Programme of the Russian Orthodox Church.
28.01.2010 17:33

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with the USA Ambassador to Russia John R. Beyrle

Archbishop Hilarion told the USA Ambassador about Church-State relations in Russia at present, and about social ministry of the Russian Orthodox Church.
28.01.2010 10:36

“The Church has been granted the Primate required by our troubled time.” An interview of Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk to “Interfax-Religion”

(Russian) Избрание и интронизация Святейшего Патриарха Кирилла стали, безусловно, важнейшими событиями жизни Русской Православной Церкви в минувшем году.
27.01.2010 20:20

Christmas Readings: Archbishop Hilarion speaks of the progress in compiling modern catechism of the Russian Orthodox Church

On 27 January 2010, a section of the Christmas Educational Readings met in session at the conference hall of "Danilovskaya" hotel complex. The topic of the meeting was "Catechetic activities of the Russian Orthodox Church at present."
26.01.2010 16:44

Message of Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department to the participants in the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Session of 2010, first part on 25-29 January 2010)

Dear delegates: The PACE current session will consider discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, an issue having a serious ethical aspect. The overwhelming majority of European Christians, Muslims, and Jews have common vision of this problem. It is obvious that the draft Resolution and draft Recommendation cast…
26.01.2010 16:17

Archbishop Hilarion: Building up of a democratic Europe cannot be accompanied by persecution of believers who strive to live in harmony with their conscience and according to the commandments of God

A session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is taking place on 25 through 29 January 2010. Themes under discussion include discrimination on ground of sexual orientation or gender identity.
25.01.2010 16:44

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk: “The work of the Church is always mission-oriented because mission is a vocation of the Church”

This mission, the archpastor explained, is directed first of all at the members of the Russian Orthodox Church as well as at her potential members, including children, the youth, and other people who, though having been baptized, do not lead a Christian way of life as yet.