On 10 May 2017, the World Summit of Christian Leaders in Defense of Persecuted Christians opened in Washington, USA. The conference organized by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association brought together representatives of various Christian confessions from over 135 countries.
On May 7, 2017, a conference was held in Venice on ‘The model of the development of Christianity towards integral ecology’ devoted to a concept of economic progress different from the traditional capitalist and collectivist trends.
On May 3, 2017, the Committee of Representatives of Orthodox Churches to the European Union (CROCEU) met at the Patriarchate of Constantinople representation to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium. The committee was set up in March 2010 to promote cooperation and coordination of actions by representatives of Orthodox Churches in…
On May 7 and 8, 2017, divine services were held at the church of the Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women in Venice and at the relics of St. Mark at the Basilica of San Marco, as part of the commemoration day of the holy evangelist.
The Fourth International Patristic Conference on St. Ephrem the Syrian and His Spiritual Legacy has completed its work at the Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate Studies (CMI).
On 1 May 2017, in the city of Episkopion (Archdiocese of Tamasos of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus), the rite of consecration of the Russian Church of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called and All the Saints Who Shone Forth in the Russian Land was performed.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a message of greetings to Mr. Emmanuel Macron with his election as President of the French Republic.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church congratulated Metropolitan Niphon of Philipopolis on the 40th anniversary of his ministry as representative of the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
On 7 May 2017, at the parish of the ‘Joy of All Who Sorrow’ Icon of the Mother of God in Moscow, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation.
On 4 May 2017, at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence in St. Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church began its regular session under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
On 27 April 2017, the 4th International Patristic Conference on St. Ephrem the Syrian and His Spiritual Heritage opened at the conference hall of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies.
For the first time in the 930 years of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker’s relics being kept in Bari, they will leave for a time this Italian city to stay in the Russian Orthodox Church from May 21 to July 28, 2017.
A part of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker will be brought from the Pontifical basilica in the city of Bari, Italy, to the Russian Orthodox Church to stay in it from May 21 to July 28, 2017.
Discussed was the inner decoration of the Cathedral of St. Sava in Belgrade as Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church are taking part in the work for its adornment, as well as other matters of mutual interest.
The plenary session on ‘Faith and the Overcoming of Civil Confrontation: Lessons of the Century’ was moderated by the CICC co-chairmen
On April 26, 2017, the Christian Inter-confessional Consultative Committee (CICC) has opened its 5th plenary session at the Constantin Palace in St. Petersburg under the theme ‘Faith and the Overcoming of Civil Confrontation: Lessons of the Century’.
President Vladimir Putin has sent a message of greetings to the Fifth Plenary Session of the Christian Inter-confessional Consultative Committee, which has begun its work on April 26, 2017, in St. Petersburg. The message was read out by Mr. M. Belousov, deputy head of the Presidential Administration for Domestic Policy.
The message was read out by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations.
During Bright Week, humanitarian aid and gifts came from Russia to people in Maharda, one of the largest Christian cities in Syria and the native city of His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch. There are some 23 thousand people living in the city, predominantly Orthodox believers.
On 19 April 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with His Excellency Mr. Tonči Staničić, newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Croatia to the Russian Federation.