DECR Chairman

02.12.2009 16:45

Archbishops Hilarion’s condolences over the death of Prof. Georg Krechmar, former head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Central Asia

Archbishop of Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, sent the following message to Avgust Kruze, archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Central Asia, with condolences over the death of the retired archbishop Prof. Georg Friedrich Karl Krechmar. Dear…
02.12.2009 13:49

English version of Archbishop Hilarion’s book “Christ the Conqueror of Hell. The Descent into Hades from an Orthodox Perspective” comes off the press

St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, New York, published an English version of the book "Christ the Conqueror of Hell. The Descent into Hades from an Orthodox Perspective" by Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations.
01.12.2009 16:12

Patriarch Kirill attends the opening of the 3d Congress of Compatriots living abroad

The 3d World Congress of Compatriots living abroad began its work on Dec. 1 at the House of Unions Column Hall in Moscow.
01.12.2009 12:45

Second volume of Archbishop Hilarion’s Orthodoxy comes out in the Sretensky Monastery Publishers

‘At the same time, the book does not claim to be an exhaustive treatment of the themes it deals with. It is not an encyclopedia or a reference book. It is rather an attempt to reflect on Orthodoxy in its diversity through the prism of the author’s personal perception’, states…
30.11.2009 12:25

Archbishop Hilarion’s assessment of the 2009 State Department Religious Freedom Report

In his letter to US Ambassador to Russia, Mr John Beyrle, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, makes an assessment of the section on Russia in the US State Department Religious Freedom Report 2009. Below is the text of the letter.…
27.11.2009 19:19

Archbishop Hilarion’s letter to Vatican Secretary of State concerning the European Court’s decision to ban Christian symbols in Italian schools

The decision made by the European Court on 3 November 2009 to the effect that the presence of crucifixes violates human rights in Italian schools has prompted Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk to send the following message to the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone: Your Eminence, The decision made…
27.11.2009 18:46

3d World Congress of Compatriots to be held in Moscow

The Congress will be opened on December 1 at the House of Unions Column Hall. Among those who are expected to come for the opening are His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Russian Foreign Minister S. Lavrov, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of…
27.11.2009 12:36

Archbishop Hilarion: The majority of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine stay in the fold of the canonical Orthodox Church

In conclusion of the visit, the archpastors visited the cathedral church of St. Michael the Archangel in Chercassy built through the labours of Metropolitan Sofrony and prayed at the shrine with the relics of venerable martyr Macarius of Cherkassy.
25.11.2009 16:24

Archbishop Hilarion meets with deputy head of Ukrainian Presidential Secretariat Yu. Bogutsky

On 24 November 2009, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, on his stay in Kiev on the occasion of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir's birthday, met with Yu. Bogutsky, the first deputy chairman of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine, at…
25.11.2009 13:54

Archbishop Hilarion lectures at the Kievo-Mogilianskaya Academy

On 24 November 2009, the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, on a stay in Kiev on the occasion of the celebration of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir's birthday, lectured in English at the "Kievo-Mogilianskaya Academy" National University on "The Life in God…
25.11.2009 11:35

DECR Chairman congratulates the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria on the 5th anniversary of his election Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, sent the following congratulatory message to His Beatitude Theodore, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of his election to the Patriarchal Throne of Alexandria. Your Beatitude:…
24.11.2009 16:19

Archbishop Hilarion’s ‘St. Matthew Passions’ oratorio performed in Kiev in honour of Metropolitan Vladimir’s birthday

His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine’s birthday was marked on 23 November 2009 with a grand concert given at the National Philharmonic Society in Kiev.
23.11.2009 16:24

DECR Chairman congratulates Patriarch Theophilos on the 4th anniversary of his ascent to patriarchal throne

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, sent the following congratulatory message to His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of his ascent to the patriarchal throne. Your Beatitude, Kindly…
23.11.2009 11:48

Archbishop Hilarion: Marxism that ousts religion from human life takes out its very heart, leaving only an emasculated shell

On 21 November 2009, the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk took part in "The Church and the World" TV programme and commented on an article published in a Vatican official paper. The author wrote favourably about the teaching of Karl Marx.
20.11.2009 17:52

Ethics as politics

Interview given by Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, to the December issue of Russkiy mir.
20.11.2009 16:05

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk extends condolences to the wife of Father Daniel Sysoev over his murder

Dear Matushka Yulia, I have been deeply shocked by the murder of your husband, a well-known and loved priest in Moscow, committed with an open defiance in a church of God. Please accept my most sincere condolences. The fellow-priests of the late Father share with you in the sorrow that…
19.11.2009 20:53

DECR chairman visits the Church of the Intercession in Harbin

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow patriarchate department for external church relations, who is on a visit to China at the invitation of the Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs, visited on 19 November 2009 the Church of the Intercession in Harbin.
18.11.2009 21:48

Archbishop Hilarion meets with representatives of the traditional religions of China

On behalf of representatives of the traditional religious organization, Anthony Liu Bainian expressed his appreciation of the ongoing dialogue on the normalization of the situation of Orthodoxy in China and added that, as a Catholic, he is well aware of the importance of having the well-trained clergymen and church buildings…
17.11.2009 16:36

Talks on Russian-Chinese relations in religious sphere held in Beijing

The delegation of the Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Organization and the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations held talks on 17 November 2009 in Beijing with leaders of the Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA).
17.11.2009 16:30

Archbishop Hilarion’s TV talk on Church and World honoured with a special award of the Radonezh festival president

The jury of the 14th International Film and Television- and Radio- Programs ‘Radonezh’ announced its decision on November 13.