DECR Chairman

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.
25.01.2010 15:24

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates divine service at the Moscow State University church on the commemoration day of St. Tatiana

On 25 January 2010, the commemoration day of the holy martyr Tatiana, patroness of Russian students, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the church of the Moscow State University.
24.01.2010 17:45

‘The Divine Liturgy” by Archbishop Hilarion (Alfeyev) released on audiodisc in the USA

The Publishing House of St. Vladimir's Theological seminary, New York, USA, released an audiodisc with "The Divine Liturgy" by Archbishop Hilarion (Alfeyev).
24.01.2010 11:59

Archbishop Hilarion meets with dean and chancellor of St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary

On 23 January 2010, a delegation from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological seminary (New York, USA) took part in the All-Night Vigil at the Church of the "Joy to All Afflicted" Icon of the Mother of God in Bolshaya Ordynka Str., Moscow. Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate…
22.01.2010 19:27

Archbishop Hilarion meets with the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II

On 22 January 2010, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for external church relations, met with the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II at "Danilovskaya" hotel.
22.01.2010 19:23

Archbishop Hilarion send congratulatory message to Bishop Irinej of Niš on his election Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Archbishop Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, sent the following congratulatory message to Bishop Irinej of Niš on his election to the Serbian Patriarchal Throne.
22.01.2010 16:01

Archbishop Hilarion chairs a meeting on the preparation of the “International Law and Religious Traditions. Potential for Cooperation” seminar

On 21 January 2010, a meeting on the preparation of the "International Law and Religious Traditions. Potential for Cooperation" seminar took place at the Department for external church relations. The seminar is planned to be held in Hamburg next autumn.
22.01.2010 16:00

(Russian) Архиепископ Волоколамский Иларион направил Блаженнейшему Архиепископу Тиранскому и всей Албании Анастасию поздравление с днем памяти небесного покровителя

(Russian) Председатель Отдела внешних церковных связей Московского Патриархата архиепископ Волоколамский Иларион поздравил Блаженнейшего Архиепископа Тиранского и всей Албании Анастасия с днем тезоименитства.
22.01.2010 6:36

Archbishop Hilarion receives Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation

On 21 January 2010, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk received Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation, at the latter's request.