The priority was given to the situation of Christians in the Middle East, considering the tense political situation that has developed in the region.
On April 17, 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation held a grand Easter reception at its mansion. It was attended by religious leaders, heads of foreign diplomatic missions and Russian and foreign diplomats.
Published below is the text of the peacemaking appeal, which was discussed during a telephone conversation between Pope Francis of Rome and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on April 14, 2018.
Participating in the talks, which were initiated by the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, was also Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR).
The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem believes that His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine is the one who will handle the difficult situation in which the Ukrainian people have found themselves today.
The Paschal Divine Service was celebrated at the Damascus representation of the Russian Orthodox Church on the night of April 8, 2018.
On 8 April 2018, the Feast of the Radiant Resurrection of Christ, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Paschal Great Vespers at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent Paschal greetings to the Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, sent his greetings with the Resurrection of Christ
On 25 March 2018, Sunday, a fire broke out in the Winter Cherry shopping centre, claiming numerous victims.