The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church said that Russia and Iraq had a good and long history of relations, which ‘have been intensively developing since 1958 after certain changes, also in historical science, which is close to me and to people having the similar philosophy of life. I recall…
A delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church took part in the Assembly with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The delegation consisted of archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), vice-chairman of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR) – head of the delegation; Rev. Roman Bogdasarov, acting…
They were joined in the meeting, which took place at Danilovskaya hotel, by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, and Prof. Adriano Roccucci, general secretary of the Community of Sant’Egidio.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia opened the conference and welcomed the participants.
Metropolitan Hilarion noted the identity of views of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Church of Ingria on the role of Christianity in the contemporary secular society and underscored the necessity of protecting traditional Christian values. He highly appreciated the position of the Church of Ingria on many ethical and…
Celebrating was archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, rector of the church and chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for Church-Society relations, who addressed the worshippers, saying in particular that it is very important to do anything possible so that the tragedies of the 20th century will never occur again.
Metropolitan Vladimir officiated at the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas’ church, while Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated at the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Laura of the Caves together with Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, abbot of the Laura, and the assembly of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Participating in the meeting were archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, chairman of the Synodal Department for Church-Society relations; Mr. Vladimir Legoida, chairman of the Synodal Information Department; other representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church; and trustees of the Interreligious Council of Russia.
“Before we begin our work, I would like to remind you that on November 21 a tragedy occurred in Riga – the roof and walls of the supermarket collapsed, and innocent people were killed or injured,” His Holiness said.
Metropolitan Hilarion warmly greeted the high guest and his suite and shared with them reminiscences of his visit to Banja Luka paid at the invitation of the President of the Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, in November 2012. The DECR chairman noted that the development of relations with Republika Srpska was…