Vatican City, 16 October 2014
On October 16, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, attended the plenary session of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Catholic Bishops held these days in the Vatican on the theme ‘Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the…
On 13 October 2014, archpriest Nikolai Lischenyuk, rector of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Karlovy Vary, handed over to Dr. Lukáš Babka, director of the Slavonic Library, a set of 34 volumes of the Orthodox Encyclopedia. The books were presented to the Slavonic Library by His Holiness…
During his visit, Metropolitan Hilarion will meet with Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Cardinal Kurt Koch, and will deliver a lecture at the opening of academic year at the Southern Italy Faculty of…
His Holiness told the high guest about the celebrations held by the Russian Orthodox Church to mark the 700th birthday of St. Sergius of Radonezh and thanked Kazakhstan’s leaders for their assistance in opening a monument to the Abbot of the Russian Land in Astana.
In Harbin, the capital of China’ Province of Heilongjiang, the faithful celebrated the patronal feast of the church of the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos, built in 1930.
In his message to the President of Iraq, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church also raises the problem of the fate of Iraq’s former deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz (Michael John who) who has been imprisoned already for 11 years and in September 2014 appealed to the world community,…
The participants in the meeting stated the importance of coordinating efforts of the Christian Churches and international Christian organizations for overcoming the crisis in Ukraine and conflict situations in other regions of the world.
Discussed were inter-Christian relations and the current international situation.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent the following greeting to His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada with his Name Day