A delegation of Russian parliamentarians, members of the inter-factional group for defending Christian values, was on a visit to Syria from April 9 to 12, 2016. It included S. Gavrilov (State Duma), A. Yuschenko (Council of the Federation and State Duma), D. Sablin (Council of the Federation), and Ms. N.…
Representative of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Antioch celebrates Liturgy in Damascus
On 10 April 2016, hegumen Arseny (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Antioch and All the Eats celebrated Divine Liturgy in the capital of Syria after a long recess. Hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), DECR secretary for inter-Christian relations, concelebrated.
On April 6-7, 2016, the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church launched activities in Lebanon and Syria to support Christians in distress. As is known, the tragedy in the Middle East, which has affected people of various Christian confessions and other groups of the population and raised the…
Patriarch Kirill calls upon religious leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia to help stop bloodshed in Nagorno Karabakh
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent messages to Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshuqur Pasha-zade, chairman of the Caucasus Moslem Board, stating the concern and anxiety with which he took the tragic news about the hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh…
Russian Foreign Minister congratulates His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the 70th anniversary of the Department for External Church Relations
4 April 2016 marked the 70th anniversary of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR). Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, has sent his congratulation to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on the occasion of the anniversary.
On 4 April 2016, the Commission on Theology of the Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church held its regular session at the Department for External Church Relations under the chairmanship of the head of the Commission, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, DECR chairman, rector of Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological…
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič who is completing his mission in Russia
On 31 March 2016, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia received the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič who is completing his diplomatic mission in the Russian Federation due to his appointment as Permanent Observer to the United Nations Office and Specialized Agencies in Geneva.
Pan-Orthodox Secretariat of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church begins its work in Chambésy
On 29 March 2016, the first meeting of the Pan-Orthodox Secretariat of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church began at the Orthodox Centre of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Chambésy, near Geneva, under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Jeremiah of Switzerland (Patriarchate of Constantinople).
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, sent Easter greetings to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, King Felipe VI of Spain, and the Presidents of Austria, France, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Columbia and other countries.