The appearance of this statement has been dictated by the catastrophic situation of Christians in the Middle East who have been subjected to unprecedented persecution by the Islamic State and other terrorist groupings.
Bishop Jovan of Slavonia, the Serbian Orthodox Church visited Moscow on 12-17 March 2015 with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
At the Little Entrance His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presented church awards to some brethren. After the Litany of Fervent Supplication the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church offered up a prayer for peace in Ukraine.
Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, met with Mr. Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy for the Protection of the Planet of the President of France, at the DECR.
His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East, sent a letter to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, expressing gratitude for brotherly Christian love and Abraham’s hospitality according him during his visit to the Russian Orthodox Church.
On March 14, Metropolitan Hilarion concelebrated the Divine Liturgy at the monastery’s cathedral with His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
After the evening service, Metropolitan Hilarion and members of the delegation met with Archimandrite Nathanael, hegumen of the abode.
In the evening of March 11, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, who was visiting Mount Athos with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, arrived in the Vatopedi Monastery
On March 12, 2015, the administrator of the Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop Ioann of Naro-Fominsk, met with Russia’s ambassador to the USA, Mr. S. Kislyak, at his residence in Washington.
On 10 March 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), arrived in the Holy Mount Athos with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.