Welcoming the participants in the forum, Mr. Franklin Graham noted the Billy Graham Association’s long relations with the Russian Orthodox Church, recalling numerous visits made by his father to the Soviet Union, the first one as far back as 1959.
7 November 2014, Charlotte, NC, USA.
After the Litany of Fervent Supplication, Metropolitan Hilarion read prayer for peace in Ukraine. Magnification to the ‘Joy of All the Afflicted,’ was celebrated.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the following congratulatory message to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine on the occasion of his 70th birthday:
On 4 November 2014, Patriarch Tawadros II of the Coptic Church completed his visit to Russia. On his last day in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Tawadros visited the Representation of the Orthodox Church of Antioch in Moscow.
The delegation proceeded to the Novodevichy Convent and met with Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Lagoda. The Primate of the Coptic Church noted that he was happy to visit St. Petersburg for the first time and thanked the Metropolitan and the sisters for hospitality.
Concelebrating were Archbishop Juraj of Michalovce and Košice, Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, archimandrite Seraphim (Shemyatovsky), representative of this Church to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and clerics of the church in Bolshaya Ordynka.
On 31 October 20124, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheikh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a letter to H.E. Mamnoon Hussain, the President of the Islamic Republic of Egypt, asking him to grant a pardon to Asia Bibi, a Christian, who has been sentenced to death. The text is given below.
On 29 October 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with H. E. Jose Ignacio Karbahalem Garate, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to the Russian Federation.