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.
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.
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…
The 3d World Congress of Compatriots living abroad began its work on Dec. 1 at the House of Unions Column Hall in Moscow.
‘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…
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.…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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…
It is the first meeting to gather together church and UN workers for a discussion on possible areas of cooperation in solving urgent problems facing Russian society in social, educational, medical and other areas. The meeting is also expected to work out specific mechanisms of cooperation in actual work.
Mr. Medvedev noted the contribution made by Patriarch Theodore to ‘the cause of asserting Orthodox unity and broadening the constructive dialogue of Christian Churches” and stressed his appreciation of the patriarch’s concern for the development of fruitful cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church.