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27.01.2010 10:38

Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine meets with the new Russian Ambassador

On 26 January 2010, His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine met with Mikhail Zurabov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Ukraine. The meeting took place at the residence of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at the Dormition Laura of the Caves in…
26.01.2010 16:44

Message of Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department to the participants in the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Session of 2010, first part on 25-29 January 2010)

Dear delegates: The PACE current session will consider discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, an issue having a serious ethical aspect. The overwhelming majority of European Christians, Muslims, and Jews have common vision of this problem. It is obvious that the draft Resolution and draft Recommendation cast…
26.01.2010 16:17

Archbishop Hilarion: Building up of a democratic Europe cannot be accompanied by persecution of believers who strive to live in harmony with their conscience and according to the commandments of God

A session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is taking place on 25 through 29 January 2010. Themes under discussion include discrimination on ground of sexual orientation or gender identity.
25.01.2010 22:46

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia receives rector of the Russian Orthodox metochion in Belgrade

On 25 January 2010, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia received archpriest Vitaly Tarasjev, rector of the metochion of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade. The meeting took place at the Patriarchal palace in Belgrade.
25.01.2010 20:30

Round table discussion “Social standards and social ethics in Eastern Europe” round table takes place in the capital of Belarus

On 23 January 2010, a round-table discussion "Social standards and social ethics in Eastern Europe" round table discussion took place at the Minsk Institute of Legal Science. It was organized by the European Humanities University (Lithuania), the "Crossroads" journal, the "Oikumene" Centre, and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
25.01.2010 18:59

Metropolitan Christopher of the Czech Lands and Slovakia arrives in Russia

On 24 January 2010, His Beatitude Christopher, Metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia arrived in Russia on a private visit. The Primate of the Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia will visit Omsk, and then will spend two weeks at the Laura of the Holy Trinity and…
25.01.2010 16:44

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk: “The work of the Church is always mission-oriented because mission is a vocation of the Church”

This mission, the archpastor explained, is directed first of all at the members of the Russian Orthodox Church as well as at her potential members, including children, the youth, and other people who, though having been baptized, do not lead a Christian way of life as yet.
25.01.2010 15:44

His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir officiates at celebration of canonizing nun Anastasia (Romanova) in Kiev

On 24 January 2010, His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine officiated at the divine service at the Convent of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in Kiev celebrated for canonization, as a locally venerated saint, of nun Anastasia (Romanova), a zealot of piety and founder…
25.01.2010 15:24

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates divine service at the Moscow State University church on the commemoration day of St. Tatiana

On 25 January 2010, the commemoration day of the holy martyr Tatiana, patroness of Russian students, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the church of the Moscow State University.
25.01.2010 11:07

First Enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia takes place in Belgrade

In accordance with the Statute of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the office of enthronement of His Holiness Irinej, the newly elected Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, took place after the hierarchal liturgy at the Cathedral of the Holy Archangels in Belgrade on 23 January 2010, the…
24.01.2010 17:45

‘The Divine Liturgy” by Archbishop Hilarion (Alfeyev) released on audiodisc in the USA

The Publishing House of St. Vladimir's Theological seminary, New York, USA, released an audiodisc with "The Divine Liturgy" by Archbishop Hilarion (Alfeyev).
24.01.2010 11:59

Archbishop Hilarion meets with dean and chancellor of St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary

On 23 January 2010, a delegation from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological seminary (New York, USA) took part in the All-Night Vigil at the Church of the "Joy to All Afflicted" Icon of the Mother of God in Bolshaya Ordynka Str., Moscow. Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate…
24.01.2010 3:19

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated Bishop Irinej of Niš on his election to the Serbian Patriarchal throne

A new Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church was elected in Belgrade on 22 January 2010. Bishop Irinej of Niš has become Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch.
22.01.2010 20:27

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia speaks over telephone with the newly elected Patriarch of Serbia

In the evening of 22 January 2010, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia had a telephone conversation with the newly elected Patriarch Irinej.
22.01.2010 19:36

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill sends congratulations to Bishop Irinej of Niš on his election to the Serbian Patriarchal throne

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated Bishop Irinej of Niš on his election Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Patriarch of Serbia. The text of congratulatory message is given below.
22.01.2010 19:27

Archbishop Hilarion meets with the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II

On 22 January 2010, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for external church relations, met with the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II at "Danilovskaya" hotel.
22.01.2010 19:23

Archbishop Hilarion send congratulatory message to Bishop Irinej of Niš on his election Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Archbishop Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, sent the following congratulatory message to Bishop Irinej of Niš on his election to the Serbian Patriarchal Throne.
22.01.2010 18:50

Theological and Canonical Commission at the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church makes public its resolution on abortions and same-sex marriages

On 21 January 2010, the Theological and Canonical Commission at the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church made public its Resolution on abortions and same-sex marriages. The document is timed to the session of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) due to take place later in January…
22.01.2010 17:07

New Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church is elected

Bishop Irinej of Nis has become the Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch.
22.01.2010 16:01

Archbishop Hilarion chairs a meeting on the preparation of the “International Law and Religious Traditions. Potential for Cooperation” seminar

On 21 January 2010, a meeting on the preparation of the "International Law and Religious Traditions. Potential for Cooperation" seminar took place at the Department for external church relations. The seminar is planned to be held in Hamburg next autumn.