On 16 October 2014, the 2nd International Forum ‘Religion and Peace’, organized by the Department for Inter-Regional Cooperation, National Policy and Relations with Religious Organizations of Moscow, took place in Moscow.
On September 10, 2014, an international forum on “The Large Family and the Future of Humanity” was opened at the State Kremlin Palace.
On 25-26 August 2014, the 9th meeting of the Joint Russian-Iranian Commission for Orthodoxy-Islam Dialogue took place in the capital of Iran. This year, the meeting was dedicated to the theme “Importance and Strengthening of Cooperation and Mutual Understanding between Islam and Orthodoxy.”
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a message of greeting to the participants in the 9th meeting of the Joint Russian-Iranian Commission for Orthodoxy-Islam Dialogue, which takes place in Tehran, Iran, on 25-26 August 2014. The text of the message is given below.
On August 24, 2014, in compliance with the decision of the Russian Orthodox Church Holy Synod, a delegation of the Russian Church arrived in Tehran for the 9th session of the Joint Russian-Iranian Commission for Dialogue “Orthodoxy-Islam”.
They discussed the humanitarian aid to the Syrian people including organization of Russian holidays for children of servicemen who died in Syria in the course of the armed conflict and for inmates of the Orthodox orphanages in the Valley of Christians near Latakia and at the convent in the Maalula…
In his speech, the Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Sanaei underlined the importance of the development of interreligious dialogue and cooperation between the two countries.
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 8th April 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), met with Prof. Dr. Mehmet Paçaci, head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Presidency of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, usually referred to as Diyanet.
Taking part in the meeting were representatives of Russia’s traditional religions, as well as Mr. Anton Ignatenko, representative of the Moscow Government, and Mr. Ivan Korostelev, representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.