On May, 2014, His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, had a talk with His Holiness Neophyte, Patriarch of Bulgaria, who on an official visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, at the patriarchal and synodal residence in the St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow.
Special attention was given to the situation of Christians in the Middle East.
On May 26, 2014, Metropolitan Anthony of Mexico (Patriarchate of Antioch), while on an unofficial visit to the Russian Church, visited the Church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted-in-Bolshaya-Ordynka and met there with the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of…
Among those who assembled in the hall were hierarchs of Local Orthodox Church. The concert was also attended by the Apostolic Nuncio in the Russian Federation, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, and the head of the Catholic Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow, Archbishop Paolo Pezzi.
Metropolitan Hilarion warmly welcomed members of the delegation. The Bulgarian hierarchs told him about church life in their dioceses.
It was the first event in the chain of festive activities to be held in the USA to celebrate St. Sergius’s birthday.
His Holiness and his large party were welcomed to the monastery by its father superior, Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov), who introduced his high guests to the history of the Sretensky Monastery. Then Patriarch Neophyte proceeded to the Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Vladimir and venerated the relics of the Holy…
The guests presented the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church with a gift from His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. It was an icon of St. Sophia (Hortokoridou), a newly-glorified Greek saint, a nun of the Kleisoura convent in northern Greece.
A congratulatory address of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church was read by Metropolitan Onufriy of Chernovtsy and Bukovina, and several hierarchs were granted high church awards.