On 23 May 2017, at the Hall of the Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia led the 17th annual ceremony of awarding the Patriarch Alexy II Prize of the Unity of the International Public Foundation for…
On May 23, 2017, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with President Gjorge Ivanov of Macedonia at the Red Hall of the Church of Christ the Saviour.
On May 17, 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), met with the president of the Slovenian Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Stanslav Lipovsek of Celje (Roman Catholic Church in Slovenia).
On 12 May 2017, at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence in St Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine.
On 11 May 2017, the Vice President of the Unites States Michael R. Pence met with religious leaders of different Christian confessions at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington before a plenary session of the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians.
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.
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.
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.
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.