DECR Chairman

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…
10.12.2009 16:12

Russian Orthodox Church delegation led by Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk takes part in an Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission meeting

The Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission began its sessions on December 10 at the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Orthodox Center in Chambesy near Geneva, to continue its work on the agenda of a Holy and Great Council of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
10.12.2009 14:16

Archbishop Hilarion’s letter to Chairperson of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany Dr. Margot Kassmann and Head of the Department for ecumenical relations and ministries abroad of the Evangelical Church in Germany Bishop Martin Schindehutte

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, sent the following letter to the chairperson of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany Dr. Margot Kassmann and the head of the Department for ecumenical relations and ministries abroad of the Evangelical Church in…
10.12.2009 11:18

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Mass Media ignore the genocide of Serbs in Kosovo

On 5 December 2009, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk told the viewers of "The Church and the World" TV programme about the difficulties experienced by Orthodox Serbs in Kosovo.
08.12.2009 17:41

Russian Orthodox Church Biblical-Theological Commission meets for a plenary session at the Department for External Church Relations

The participants considered the tasks raised by the transformation of the Synodal Theological Commission into the Biblical-Theological Commission, the situation in Bible studies and training of specialists in Biblical theology.
08.12.2009 16:41

‘Tied by fate and faith’ – interview by Archbishop Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, to the Time of Union web-newspaper

On the eve of the festive date – the 10th anniversary of the signing of a Union Treaty between Russia and Belarus, Archbishop Hilarion gave an interview to the Time of Union web-newspaper. – Your Eminence, what are, in your view, the most important projects of inter-state cooperation patronized today…
08.12.2009 15:52

‘Religious dimension is a precondition for harmonizing the social system’ – Archbishop Hilarion’s interview to the Religion and Mass Medial internet portal

– Your Eminence, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has made a great deal of trips to dioceses both within and outside Russia, namely, to Constantinople, Ukraine, Belarus. Considering the scale of the Patriarch’s personality, one may assume that he set the Church a task of global…
07.12.2009 13:54

Archbishop Hilarion meeting youth at the Medical Academy in Voronezh

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, while in Voronezh for the translation of the relics of St. Mitrofan to the restored Cathedral of the Annunciation, met on December 6 with youth at the Burdenko Medical Academy.
07.12.2009 12:55

Archbishop Hilarion takes part in celebrating the translation of relics of St. Metrophanes of Voronezh to the Cathedral of the Annunciation

Concelebrating were Archbishops Alexander of Kostroma and Galich, Ioann of Belgorod and Stary Oskol, Panteleimon of Orel and Livny, Iustinian of Tiraspol and Dubossary, Bishop Nikon of Lipetsk and Yelets, and clergymen of the Voronezh diocese.