In reply to a letter of His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople he expressed his deep pain, astonishment and indignation over the anti-canonical actions.
On 25 December 2018, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) met with Bishop Teodosije of Raška-Prizren, Serbian Orthodox Church, and hieromonk Isidor (Jagodić), who have arrived as pilgrims to venerate the holy sites of the Russian Orthodox Church.
On 25 December 2018, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Great Antioch and All the East celebrated the Christmas Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Antioch in Damascus.
Petitions for the unity of the Orthodox Church and protection of the Church from divisions and schisms were offered up at the Litany of Fervent Supplication.
On December 21, 2018, the annual Moscow Diocesan Assembly began its work under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in the Hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
A deep wound has been inflicted on the canonical Orthodoxy in Ukraine and worldwide, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia wrote in the letters addressed to the Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches.
His Beatitude Onufriy, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, has received a letter from the Primate of the Polish Orthodox Church expressing concern over the crisis situation in the life of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church resulted from the unlawful actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
“Recently, the interference of the leaders of the secular Ukrainian state in church affairs has grown into a blatant pressure on the episcopate and clerics of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, what allows us to speak of the beginning of the large-scale persecutions,” the letter reads
The topic of relationships between the Mother Church and the Sister Church – the Orthodox Churches of Constantinople and Russia was very painful in the last century.
At the request of His Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia, Metropolitan Hilarion brought a particle of relics of the hieroconfessor Famar (Marjanova) as a gift to the Georgian Orthodox Church.