The participants in the meeting exchanged their views on the situation in Ukraine and on other issues of international relations.
Warmly greeting the guest, Metropolitan Hilarion noted traditionally good relations between the Department for External Church Relations and the Hungarian diplomatic mission in Moscow and told about many years of his service as administrator of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Diocese of Budapest and Hungary.
On 11 December 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez, head of the Presidency of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, usually referred to as Diyanet, at the Patriarchal residency in Chisty side-street.
On December 8, 2014, with the blessing of the rector of Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate Studies (CMI), Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the CMI students met with the head of the European Union’s delegation in Russia, Mr. Vygaudas Ušackas.
On the eve of the commemoration day, the All-Night Vigil was celebrated by Archbishop Amvrosy of Peterhof, rector of the St. Petersburg theological academy and seminary.
A well-known figure in the Russian émigré community received the award in consideration of his long work for the of Russian Orthodox tradition in Western Europe and in connection with his 80th birthday.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent the following greeting to an outstanding figure of the Russian émigré community, Baron Tiesenhausen:
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, sent the following letter of greeting to Baron Tiesenhausen:
A roundtable was held at the International Press Center in Brussels under the theme “Protection of Holy Sites in Armed Conflict Area” organized by the Council of Europe’s liaison office with the European Union.
The Primate of the Russian Church made a special mention of the importance of the Orthodox factor in the history of relations between the two countries, recalling in particular that the first Orthodox Christians appeared in the west of the United States, in Alaska, as far back as the time…