On 17-18 May 2017, the Working group and the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions held their meetings in Astana, Kazakhstan.
On 17 May 2017, the second meeting of the Working Group for Rendering Humanitarian Aid to the Population of Syria took place at the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations.
800 participants from over 135 countries have gathered at the Summit that is taking place in Washington on May 10-13, 2017.
On 11 May 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, delivered an address at the plenary session of the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Washington.
An international conference on ‘Islamic Solidarity – A Challenge of Time’ took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was organized jointly by the Caucasus Moslem Board, the State Committee for Work with Religious Entities, the National Academy of Science of Azerbaijan, and the Baku International Center of Multi-Culturalism.
On 7 March 2017, at the Patriarchal residence in St Daniel’s Monastery, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Dr. Mohammed Abdul Sattar al-Sayeed, Minister of Awqaf of the Syrian Arab Republic.
On 21 February 2017, a session of the Presidium of the Interreligious Council of Russia (IRCR) took place at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence in St. Daniel’s stavropegic monastery.
On 21 February 2017, the third meeting of the Commission for International Cooperation of the Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations took place at the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate.
At its session on December 27, 2016, chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church considered in particular some matters concerning external church relations.
On 22 November 2016, a festive reception to mark the 70th birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia took place at the Refectory Chamber of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour after the jubilee concert.