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02.07.2017 0:28

DECR chairman’s statement on the fate of ten-month-old Charlie Gard from Great Britain

DECR chairman’s statement on the fate of ten-month-old Charlie Gard from Great Britain All courts, including the European Court of Human Rights, passed a death sentence on a child suffering from a rare genetic condition and did not heed his parents’ plea to give him a chance. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk commented on the situation in his statement.
02.07.2017 0:16

Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with the newly elected head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church

Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with the newly elected head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church On 1 July 2017, Hegumen Arseny (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, met with His Beatitude Youssef I Absi, who was elected Greek Melkite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and Jerusalem.
30.06.2017 14:58

Commission for Dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Church holds its second session in Astana

Commission for Dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Church holds its second session in Astana On 27-29 June 2017, the second session of the Commission for Dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Church took place at the Religious, Cultural and Administrative Centre of the Kazakhstan metropolitan area in Astana.
29.06.2017 15:49

24th General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy convened in Rome

24th General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy convened in Rome On 26-27 June 2017, the 24th General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy held its working sessions in Rome, Italy. With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Bishop Antony of Bogorodsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administration for Institutions Abroad, took part in…
28.06.2017 12:53

Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with Prime Minister of Hungary

Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with Prime Minister of Hungary On 27 June 2017, Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk, administrator of the Diocese of Budapest and Hungary, met with the Prime Minister of Hungary, Mr. Viktor Orbán.
27.06.2017 15:15

Award of the Department for External Church Relations is presented to Archbishop Alexander of Baku and Azerbaijan

Award of the Department for External Church Relations is presented to Archbishop Alexander of Baku and Azerbaijan The presentation of the Medal of St. Mark of Ephesus was timed to the 65th birthday of Archbishop Alexander of Baku and Azerbaijan.
26.06.2017 13:03

Roundtable discussion of joint humanitarian initiatives of the Russian religious communities takes place in Beirut

Roundtable discussion of joint humanitarian initiatives of the Russian religious communities takes place in Beirut On 23 June 2017, members of the working group for rendering humanitarian aid to the population of Syria of Russia’s Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations arrived in Beirut to hold consultations with representatives of the Syrian and Lebanese religious communities.
25.06.2017 22:40

Delegation of Coptic Church completes its visit to Russia

Delegation of Coptic Church completes its visit to Russia On 23 June 2017, the delegation of hegumens and monks of the Coptic monasteries concluded their pilgrimage to Russia, which was carried out in compliance with the agreements between His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Holiness Patriarch Tawadros II of the Coptic Church within the…
25.06.2017 14:48

DECR chairman sends greetings to new head of Melkite Greek Catholic Church

DECR chairman sends greetings to new head of Melkite Greek Catholic Church In his message to His Beatitude Yousseff I Absi, Greek-Melkite Patriarch Elect of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and Jerusalem, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, congratulated him on his election as new head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church.
24.06.2017 22:31

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill sends condolences over the death of people in Sichuan Province in China

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill sends condolences over the death of people in Sichuan Province in China His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed condolences over the tragic consequences of the landslide that had stricken the Sichuan Province in China.
24.06.2017 20:32

DECR representative takes part in OSCE conference on freedom of religion

DECR representative takes part in OSCE conference on freedom of religion The meeting was organized by the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
23.06.2017 17:48

DECR vice-chairman meets with newly-appointed Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey

DECR vice-chairman meets with newly-appointed Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey On 23 June 2017, Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with Mr. Alexei Yerkhov, newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey.
23.06.2017 14:03

First consignment of humanitarian aid collected by Russian religious organizations was sent to Syria

First consignment of humanitarian aid collected by Russian religious organizations was sent to Syria On 22 June 2017, the first consignment of humanitarian aid for the suffering population of Syria, collected with the assistance of the Working group of Russia’s Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations, was sent to Syria.
22.06.2017 19:34

Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk visits the Philippines

Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk visits the Philippines On 17-19 June 2017, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate’s parishes in the East and Southeast Asia, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administrative Secretariat, paid an archpastoral visit to the Philippines.
22.06.2017 13:20

Church representatives take part in international conference dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Russkiy Mir Foundation

Church representatives take part in international conference dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Russkiy Mir Foundation An International conference, “Russian World: the Present and the Future” timed to the 10th anniversary of the Russkiy Mir (Russian World) Foundation took place at the State Kremlin Palace on June 21, 2017.
22.06.2017 12:26

Committee of Representatives of the Orthodox Churches to the European Union meets in Brussels

Committee of Representatives of the Orthodox Churches to the European Union meets in Brussels On 21 June 2017, Hegumen Philip (Ryabykh), representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Council of Europe and acting representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European international organizations, took part in a session of the Committee of Representatives of the Orthodox Churches to the European Union (CROCEU).
22.06.2017 7:24

DECR chairman meets with Coptic monastic delegation

DECR chairman meets with Coptic monastic delegation On 21 June 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with representatives of the monastic community of the Coptic Church.
21.06.2017 20:31

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Ambassador of Belarus to Russia

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Ambassador of Belarus to Russia On 21 June 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with H.E. Mr. Igor Petrishenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus.
21.06.2017 20:25

Metropolitan Hilarion congratulated on 30th anniversary of his ministry

Metropolitan Hilarion congratulated on 30th anniversary of his ministry On June 21, 2017, the day of the 30th anniversary of his ministry, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR) and rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate Studies (CMI), celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the church of the…
21.06.2017 18:59

DECR chairman meets with deputy head of the First European Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

DECR chairman meets with deputy head of the First European Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Metropolitan Hilarion welcomed the diplomat to the Synodal institution responsible for external contacts of the Russian Church.
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