Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, has sent the following message of greetings to the Primate of the Albanian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania, on the occasion of his Name Day.
The 23d International Educational Christmas Readings under the theme ‘Prince Vladimir. Rus’s Civilizational Choice’ were opened in a solemn ceremony at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
On January 21, 2015, before the 23d International Educational Christmas Readings began their work, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent the following greeting to His Holiness Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria on the commemoration day of his heavenly patron
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, congratulated His Holiness Patriarch Neophyte, the Primate of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, on his Name Day.
The participants in the meeting discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including the situation of Orthodoxy on the Korean peninsula.
On 20 January 2015, a plenary session of the Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission in its new composition, approved by the Holy Synod at its meeting on 25-26 December 2013 (Minutes #159), took place at the Department for External Church Relations under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, expressed his condolences to Reinhard Cardinal Marx, President of the German Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop of Munich and Freizing, over the death of Msgr. Dr. Albert Rauch, Director of the Institute of Eastern Churches in Regensburg.
(Russian) 23 января 2015 года в конференц-зале Общецерковной аспирантуры и докторантуры имени святых равноапостольных Кирилла и Мефодия состоится круглый стол «Христианские ценности как фактор современных международных отношений».
On January 22, 2015, the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate will hold a round table on ‘The Church and the Problem of Domestic Violence’ as part of the 23d International Christmas Readings.