In the morning of February 11, 2016, His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, left Moscow for a primatial visit to the Republic of Cuba, Republic of Paraguay and the Federative Republic of Brazil.
On February 10, 2016, the working group for organizing, supporting and coordinating the Russian Orthodox Church’s missionary work in the Philippines, established with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, met for its first session at the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations (DECR).
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East on the anniversary of his enthronement.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, sent a message of greetings to His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East on the occasion of the anniversary of his enthronement.
On 6 February 2016, the commemoration day of St. Xenia of Petersburg was celebrated at the Church o f the Holy Trinity, the metochion of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade. St. Xenia is venerated in Serbia as deeply as in Russia.
Mr. Vladimir Legoida, head of the Synodal Department for Church-Society Relations and the Mass Media, speaking at Chatham House, the British Royal Institute of International Affairs, in London, answered questions from the British public, diplomats and the mass media concerning the meeting between Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia…
On February 9, 2016, a Christmas dinner took place at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ House of Receptions.
On 5-7 February 2016, the Commission for Dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Church held in Cairo its first session.
On 4 February 2016, the first joint meeting of the Presidential working group for preparing celebrations marking the millennium of Russian presence on Mount Athos and the Organizing Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church for preparing celebrations marking the millennium of Russian monasticism on Mount Athos took place in Moscow.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a message of greetings to the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Greece on the occasion of the anniversary of his election to the See of Archbishops of Athens and All Greece.