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 Bright Thursday, 24 April 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Dormition in the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius.
On 19 April 2014, during the Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, after the Litany of Fervent Supplication, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia lifted up a prayer for peace in the Holy Land. The prayer is traditionally said on Holy Saturday.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill has sent to Patriarch Irinej of Serbia the following message of greetings on the occasion of Slava, the day of his family’s patron saint.
In his message to the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, greets him on the occasion of Slava.
On April 10, 2014, a meeting took place between Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, and the newly appointed rector of the Moscow representation of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, Archimandrite Seraphim Shemyatovsky, who has come to serve…
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, in the following letter to His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, expressed condolences over the demise of Metropolitan Ioann of Zagreb and Ljubljana
The Primates of the Serbian and Polish Orthodox Churches have sent messages to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia responding to the election of Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina as Locum Tenens of the Kievan Metropolitan See due to the illness of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir…
On 31 March 2014, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East received in his residence in Balamand, Lebanon, a delegation of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS), led by its chairman Mr. Sergei Stepashin, the website of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Beirut…
Metropolitan Hilarion thanked all the worshippers for their prayers and support.