Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations and member of the Presidential Council for Religious Affairs, has arrived in Beijing on 16 November 2009 on the invitation of the Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs.
The Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Patriarch Paul, 96, died on 15 November 2009 in Belgrade.
Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk led the inauguration of the Paris Orthodox Seminary on 14 November 2009, the Day of Sts Cosmas and Damian the Unmercenery Physicians.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia addressed Archbishop Innokenty of Korsun as well as the rector, faculty, students and participants in the solemn opening of the Paris Seminary. Below is the full text of his address. Your Eminences and Graces, All-Honorable Fathers, Dear Brothers and Sisters: I…
Prof. S. Firsov of St. Petersburg State University, a prominent researcher into the history of the Russian Orthodox Church, gave lectures to students of the Church’s post-graduate and doctoral school on November 11 and 12, 2009.
The meeting discussed the themes of dissertations to be prepared by post-graduate and doctoral students. Their academic guides and consultants were approved.
Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, who was in Paris for the inauguration of a Russian Orthodox Church’ seminary, attended on 13 November 2009, a presentation of the French version of the first volume of his Orthodoxie published by Cerf Publishers.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church sent greetings to the representative of the Patriarch of the Great Antioch and All the East at the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, rector of the Antiochian metochion in Moscow Archbishop Nifon of Philippopolis with his elevation to the rank of archbishop.…
During his meeting with foreign journalists on 11 November 2009, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk answered questions concerning urgent problems of society today.
‘We never refer to two patriarchates in Ukraine – those of Moscow and Kiev. We maintain that there is one canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine and also a group that has arbitrarily and illegally named itself as ‘patriarchate’.