Special attention was given to the situation of Christians in the Middle East.
The events in Ukraine have diverted the world community’s attention from the global problem of persecution against Christians, steadily growing in many parts of the world, especially in the Middle East and Africa. One in four Christians in the world is subjected to persecution today.
On 27 April 2014, in St. Peter’s Square in Rome there took place the ceremony of canonization of the Popes of Rome. John XXIII (1881-1963) and John Paul II (1920-2005) who had played a great role in the development of inter-Christian dialogue.
On April 23, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Department for External Church Relations, met with Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Archbishop of Naples, and a group of clergy and laity of the diocese of Naples, who are on a pilgrimage to shrines in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The meeting took place…
On April 23, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met with the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, and the head of the Australian human rights organization “Walk Free”, Mr. Andrew Forrest, at the DECR.
They discussed a wide range of issues concerning cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church in Catalonia, especially in cultural and educational areas.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a message to His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, congratulating him on the election as Primate of the Syriac Orthodox Church.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, congratulated His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II on his election to the throne of Primate of the Syriac Orthodox Church.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, sent the following condolences to His Beatitude Mar Louis Raphaël I Sako over the demise of his predecessor, His Beatitude Patriarch Emeritus Emmanuel III Cardinal Delly
On April 14, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), currently in Spain with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, visited the Santa Maria la Real de La Almudena Cathedral in Madrid.
The DECR chairman noted that both the Spaniards and the Russian are characterized by a strong religious feeling. Both nations have similar mentality and perception of the world, and therefore we hope that the Spanish readers will be interested in the presented book.
The members of the Committee of the Representatives of Orthodox Churches to the European Union (CROCEU)* met in Brussels and agreed to publish this Statement in view of the upcoming elections of May 2014, in the twenty eight member states of the European Union, in order to renew the 751…
On April 2, the DECR delegates attended the general audience of Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Square and later met with the Pope.
Metropolitan Hilarion thanked all the worshippers for their prayers and support.
An international conference on “The human and existential periphery in the light of the Gospel. Orthodox and Catholics on the way of charity” was held on March 21, 2014 in Rome. It was organized by the Community of St. Egidio, a Catholic association of the laity. It was already the…
The Standing Committee of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches met on March 18-22, 2014 at the Bose Monastery, Italy.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church has sent a message of condolences on the demise of Patriarch Mar Ignatius Zakka Iwas of Antioch, Syriac Orthodox Church.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, has sent the following message of condolences to the Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church.
As the preparations for the Pan-Orthodox Council planned to take place in 2016 in Istanbul have been intensified, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, DECR chairman, explains to the readers of Ogoniok, a socio-political weekly, why a meeting of all the Orthodox Churches is needed.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a message of greetings to Pope Francis on the occasion of the anniversary of his election to the chair of Bishops of Rome.