On 28th November 2019, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, attended the 2nd International Conference on Christian Persecution held in Budapest and delivered an address.
On 28 November 2019, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), met with Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest Péter Cardinal Erdő at the parish house of the Cathedral of the Dormition in Budapest.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed condolences over the murder, committed by terrorists, of Rev. Hovsep Bedoyan, rector of the Armenian Catholic community in the city of Qamishli, and of his father, Rev. Hanna Bedoyan.
On November 24, 2019, the Russian premiere of an oratorio composed by Monsignor Marco Frisina, a renowned Catholic musician, took place at the Zaryadie concert hall as part of cultural cooperation between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Roman Catholic Church.
The commission discussed the implementation of agreements reached at the previous meeting in October 2018 in Sankt-Petersburg and defined the further cooperation program to be approved by the Supreme Church Authority.
From November 1 to 7, 2019, a delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church was on a visit to Egypt with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and at the invitation from Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II.
As Viktor Orban noted in conclusion of the talk, to understand the situation in the Middle East and the situation in which Christian communities there have found themselves, the most optimal question was ‘to ask those who live there, to ask heads of churches present in that region’.
“The Intransient Power of the Gospel and Its Importance for Today’s Society” was the topic of the 6th Plenary Session of the Christian Interconfessional Advisory Committee which took place in Moscow on the 30th of October 2019.
The Christian Interconfessional Advisory Committee held its 6th Plenary Session in Moscow on 30th October 2019, bringing together representatives of Christian communities from fifteen Eurasian countries.
Among the attendees are representatives of Christian confessions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russian Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.