On 17 December 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with His Holiness Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria and with members of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
The visit will last from December 17 to 19.
The participants in the meeting exchanged their views on the situation in Ukraine and on other issues of international relations.
Warmly greeting the guest, Metropolitan Hilarion noted traditionally good relations between the Department for External Church Relations and the Hungarian diplomatic mission in Moscow and told about many years of his service as administrator of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Diocese of Budapest and Hungary.
On 15 December 2014, Metropolitan Antony of Borispol and Brovary, Chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, met with representatives of the World Council of Churches at the Kiev Laura of the Caves.
On 14 December 2014, Metropolitan Kallistos of Diocleia and Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the “Joy of All the Afflicted’ icon of the Mother of God in Bolshaya Ordynka Street.
On 13 December 2014, the State Kremlin Palace hosted the 20th Award Ceremony of the St. Andrew the-First-Called International Prize for Faith and Faithfulness.
The decision to confer the degree on Metropolitan Kallistos was made by the Academic Council of the Theological Institute and was approved by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
On 13 December 2014, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diocleia was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa degree. The ceremony took place at the Main Hall of Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Post-Graduate Studies.
On 11-12 December 2014, the 2nd International Theological Patristic Conference ‘St. Simeon the New Theologian and His Spiritual Heritage’ was held in Moscow, at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhi (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute).