On 22 May 2016, the feast of translation of the relics of St Nicholas the Wonderworker from Myra in Lycia to Bari, Bishop Antony of Bogorodsk, administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate’s parishes in Italy, participated in the divine service at the Basilica of St Nicholas in Bari.
On 24 May 2016, the commemoration day of Ss Cyril and Methodius Equal-to-the-Apostles and Teachers of the Slavs, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
A reception on the occasion of the forthcoming Day of Slavonic Literature and Culture and the Nameday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia was held at the refectory chambers of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
On 18-20 May 2016, the second session of the Pan-Orthodox Secretariat for the Preparation of the Holy and Great Council took place on the island of Crete.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church sent messages to French President François Hollande and to the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, expressing condolences over the death of people at the result of the crash of the EgyptAir plane en route from Paris to Cairo.
A meeting of the Board of the founding Churches of the Christian Interconfessional Consultative Committee (CICC) met at the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) in Moscow on May 20, 2016.
On 18 May 2016, the first meeting of the Commission for Dialogue Between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Assyrian Church of the East took place at the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations.
The Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations pays special attention to the development of relationships with the Monastery of St Panteleimon, as well as with other monasteries on Mount Athos, the DECR chairman, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, noted in his speech at the grand meeting on the occasion of…
In his report delivered at the grand meeting that took place in Moscow on 19 May 2016 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of foundation of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of this oldest Synodal institution, noted that interfaith dialogue had…
On 19 May 2016, in his report delivered at the grand meeting on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk spoke, among other things, about the work of the DECR Communication Service.