On 20 March 2017, the Parliamentary hearings On Today’s Policy of the Russian Federation Towards Compatriots Living Abroad took place at the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
On 10 March 2017, at the Patriarchal residence in St Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with H.E. Ms Renée Jones-Bos, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Russian Federation.
On March 10, 2017, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Colombia’s Ambassador to Russia H. E. Alfonso Lopez Caballero, at the Patriarchal residence in the St. Daniel Monastery.
On 7 March 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary on his initiative.
On 7 March 2017, an international top-level conference on Mutual Respect and Peaceful Coexistence as a Condition of Interreligious Peace and Stability: Supporting Christians and Other Communities took place in Geneva on the sidelines of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
On 7 March 2017, at the Patriarchal residence in St Daniel’s Monastery, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Dr. Mohammed Abdul Sattar al-Sayeed, Minister of Awqaf of the Syrian Arab Republic.
On March 2, 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), met with the Israel’s new ambassador to Russia, H. E. Gary Koren, at the DECR.
On 21 February 2017, the third meeting of the Commission for International Cooperation of the Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations took place at the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Archbishop Sergy of Solnechnogorsk, administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate parishes in Southeast Asia, visited Cambodia on February 13-16, 2017.
From February 11-13, Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate in East and South Asia, was on a visit to Vietnam.
The participants in the meeting focused on the defence of Christians in the Middle East.
On 3 February 2017, Archbishop Sergy of Solnechnogorsk began his first visit to Asia as administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate’s parishes in the region.
On 8 February 2017, hegumen Arseny (Sokolov), representative of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East celebrated prayer service for peace in Syria at the church of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Damascus.
On February 7, 2017, Russian State Duma deputies S. Gavrilov, D. Sablin and A. Yuschenko visited the Saidnaya Convent (Patriarchate of Antioch) in the Damascus Province, Syria.
On February 1, 2017, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a government instruction to allocate a state grant to the Moscow Patriarchate’s Diocese of Hungary for restoration and construction of churches.
On February 3, 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), met at the DECR with Turkish Ambassador to Russia Huseyin Lazip Dirioz.
On February 3, 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR) met at the DECR with the British ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow.
During the meeting, which was held in a constructive atmosphere, the sides discussed various matters of mutual concern.
On 25 January 2017, staff members of the Synodal departments of the Russian Orthodox Church met with H. E. Dr. Moushira Khattab, Egypt’s nominee for the post of the Director-General of UNESCO.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed his condolences to Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán over the death of school children killed in a bus crash in northeast Italy.