On 23 September 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, arrived in London for a three-day working visit. At the London Heathrow Airport, he was met by Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh, clerics of the Sourozh diocese, and representatives of the diplomatic corps…
On 18 September 2013, a one-day Consultation on the Syrian crisis, organized by the World Council of Churches, took place in Bossey, Switzerland. Participating in the meeting were representatives of the Christian Churches of Syria and other countries which have taken an active part in the efforts to overcome the…
On 17 September 2013, a solemn ceremony of the consecration of the church complex belonging to the Armenian Apostolic Church took place in Moscow, in Trifonovskaya Street.
On 4 September 2013, the 21st International Ecumenical Conference on Orthodox Spirituality on the theme “the Ages of the Spiritual Life” began its work in the Monastery of Bose, Italy.
What worries the Russian Orthodox Church most of all is the fate of the civilian population and that of the Christians. It is clear that the extremist forces seeking power have set themselves the goal of the complete and total destruction of Christianity in Syria.
On August 19, 2013, the Day of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Church Relations, celebrated the Divine Liturgy and the rite of the blessing of fruit at the Moscow Church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted-at-Bolshaya-Ordynka.
Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), vice-chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, met with Auxiliary Bishop of Madrid Juan Antonio Martinez, general secretary of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, who is in Moscow on a private visit.
Metropolitan Hilarion expressed his appreciation of fruitful cooperation the Community of Sant’Egidio and the Russian Orthodox Church have maintained for many years and noted in particular the importance of joint initiatives in witnessing about traditional Christian values in the present-day Europe.
On July 10, 2013, Russian Orthodox members of the Churches in Europe working group of the St. Petersburg Dialogue forum met with the vice-president of the Landtag of Bavaria, Mr. Rienhold Bocklet.
The members of the Churches in Europe working group were warmly greeted by Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany.