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02.12.2009 15:36

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02.12.2009 14:34

3d World Congress of Compatriots section meeting on ‘The role of the ROC and other traditional confessions in consolidation of united space of the Russian World’

The 3d World Congress of Compatriots section meeting on ‘The role of the ROC and other traditional confessions in consolidation of united space of the Russian World’ on Dec. 2 at the Danilovskaya Hotel discussed the experience of work with compatriots on diocesan and parochial levels, prospects of this work…
02.12.2009 13:49

English version of Archbishop Hilarion’s book “Christ the Conqueror of Hell. The Descent into Hades from an Orthodox Perspective” comes off the press

St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, New York, published an English version of the book "Christ the Conqueror of Hell. The Descent into Hades from an Orthodox Perspective" by Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations.
02.12.2009 11:43

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with auditors of Higher Diplomatic Courses

On 1 December 2009, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with a group of auditors of Higher Diplomatic Courses at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MID). The meeting took place at the Red Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
02.12.2009 11:37

Patriarch Kirill’s address to the 3d Congress of Compatriots

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia addressed the 3d World Congress of Compatriots living abroad at its opening on December 1, 2009, at the House of Unions Column Hall in Moscow. Distinguished Assembly, I cordially greet you all as you have come to Moscow for this representative…
01.12.2009 16:12

Patriarch Kirill attends the opening of the 3d Congress of Compatriots living abroad

The 3d World Congress of Compatriots living abroad began its work on Dec. 1 at the House of Unions Column Hall in Moscow.
01.12.2009 12:45

Second volume of Archbishop Hilarion’s Orthodoxy comes out in the Sretensky Monastery Publishers

‘At the same time, the book does not claim to be an exhaustive treatment of the themes it deals with. It is not an encyclopedia or a reference book. It is rather an attempt to reflect on Orthodoxy in its diversity through the prism of the author’s personal perception’, states…
30.11.2009 12:25

Archbishop Hilarion’s assessment of the 2009 State Department Religious Freedom Report

In his letter to US Ambassador to Russia, Mr John Beyrle, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, makes an assessment of the section on Russia in the US State Department Religious Freedom Report 2009. Below is the text of the letter.…
30.11.2009 10:24

Victims of mass starvation in 1930s in USSR and those who died in Neva Express crash commemorated in Damascus

The Office for the Dead was said on Nov. 29 at the Church of St. Ignatius the God-Bearer in the Moscow Patriarchate’s Representation to the Patriarch of Antioch in Damascus to commemorate victims of the mass starvation in the 1930s in the USSR.
30.11.2009 10:16

Theological and catechetical courses for laity launched in Hamburg

According to the website of the Church of St. John of Kronstadt in Hamburg, the curriculum of the theological-catechetical course provides for two-year studies. At present, over 60 people have been enrolled in the course.
29.11.2009 14:23

Appeal of the UOC Holy Synod to the Faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

All-Honourable Fathers, Brothers and Sisters Beloved in Christ: The division in Ukrainian Orthodoxy is a pain for the entire Orthodox Church. Our brothers and sisters of the same blood and faith have found themselves outside the saving fold of the Church. Some of these people have split consciously, separating themselves…
29.11.2009 4:01

President Dmitry Medvedev wins the prize of the Patriarch Alexy II International Foundation of the Unity of Orthodox Nations

The prize commission of the Unity of Orthodox Nations International Foundation meeting on 24 November 2009 with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, chairman of the Foundation’s Patrons Board, considered candidates for the Foundation’s prize in the nomination ‘For outstanding work to strengthen the…
28.11.2009 23:37

Memorial service held in Moscow for victims of mass starvation in the USSR

Victims of the mass starvation and repression were commemorated on 28 November 2009 at the Cathedral of the Epiphany at Yelokhovo in Moscow. The Office for the Dead was led by the rector of the church, Protopresbyter Matfey Stadniuk.
28.11.2009 20:51

Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church meets for an extended session

The Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church met for an extended session on 24 November 2009 at the assembly hall of the Kiev Monastery of the Caves. It was chaired by His Beatitude Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.
28.11.2009 1:01

Bishop of the Church of Cyprus visits DECR

Bishop Gregorios of Mesaoria, director of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus’s office for inter-church relations and European affairs, who is in Moscow for the 5th International Pilgrimage Conference, visited on November 26 the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations.
27.11.2009 19:19

Archbishop Hilarion’s letter to Vatican Secretary of State concerning the European Court’s decision to ban Christian symbols in Italian schools

The decision made by the European Court on 3 November 2009 to the effect that the presence of crucifixes violates human rights in Italian schools has prompted Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk to send the following message to the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone: Your Eminence, The decision made…
27.11.2009 18:46

3d World Congress of Compatriots to be held in Moscow

The Congress will be opened on December 1 at the House of Unions Column Hall. Among those who are expected to come for the opening are His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Russian Foreign Minister S. Lavrov, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of…
27.11.2009 12:36

Archbishop Hilarion: The majority of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine stay in the fold of the canonical Orthodox Church

In conclusion of the visit, the archpastors visited the cathedral church of St. Michael the Archangel in Chercassy built through the labours of Metropolitan Sofrony and prayed at the shrine with the relics of venerable martyr Macarius of Cherkassy.
27.11.2009 11:40

Activities of non-governmental organizations and cooperation with the Alliance of Civilization are discussed at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Russian Orthodox Church was represented by the DECR acting secretary for far-abroad countries Rev. Sergy Zvonarev and acting representative of the Moscow Patriarchate at the USA Very Rev. Alexander Abramov.
26.11.2009 14:45

Patriarch Kirill supports Italian Government over European Court’s decision to ban Christian symbols in schools

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on the case of Lautsi versus Italy that the presence of crucifixes in Italian schools violated human rights. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent a letter to Italian Prime Minister Sylvio Berlusconi, stating resolute support for the intention…