Home page News
Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with …

Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania

On 5 December 2017, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania at the Patriarchal residence located in St. Daniel’s stavropegic monastery.

The delegation, which accompanies him on his visit to Moscow to attend festivities held on the occasion of the centenary of the restoration of the Office of Patriarch in the Russian Orthodox Church, includes Metropolitan Metropolitan Joan of Korca, Metropolitan Nathaniel of Amantia, and Deacon Spyridon of Topanxha.

Taking part in the meeting on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR); Bishop Flavian of Cherepovets and Belozersk; Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, DECR deputy chairman; Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations; and hierodeacon Grigory (Sokolov), a DECR staff member.

Primates of the Albanian and Russian Orthodox Churches said prayer in the domestic church dedicated to all saints of the Russian Church.

Addressing the high guest, His Holiness reminded him of his last visit to the capital of Russia in November 2016 to attend celebration of the 70th birthday of the Primate of the Russian Church. “I am deeply moved with your response to my invitation to take part in the festivities dedicated to the centenary of the restoration of the Patriarchate in the Russian Orthodox Church,” Patriarch Kirill said.

He noted that the restoration of the Patriarchate was a most important decision taken by the All-Russian Church Council in 1917: “The election of Patriarch, the first after the two-hundred-year rupture, has consolidated our Church. St. Tikhon inspired people to the feat of confession by his own example. It is difficult to say what could have happened with our Church if the Council had not take place.”

His Holiness expressed his joy over the presence of Archbishop Anastasios at the final session of Bishops’ Council that took place on November 29-December 2 and his address.

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church highly appreciated the role played by His Beatitude Anastasios in the bringing back to life of the Albanian Orthodox Church, which was totally destroyed during the time of atheistic dictatorship. “We see the Albanian Church as a confessor church. The persecution against religion in Albania were barbarous and total as nowhere in the world, but the Albanian Church has come alive thus bringing witness to the power of God.

“We understand the events in Albania in the 20th century only too well, as the Russian Orthodox Church had experiences tribulations, and we are happy to see the success of the Albanian Orthodox Church and beseech God to bless our labours. “

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church expressed grave concern over the recent harassment of Orthodox Christians in Albania: “There were announcements of making monasteries and churches archeological monuments with fee for entrance. We consider it a pressure upon the Orthodox Church, condemn withdrawal of ecclesiastical holy objects and valuables from Orthodox churches and believe that international human rights organizations should pay close attention to this problem.

“When our churches were closed and holy objects were taken away from them, many people did not believe in the rebirth of the Orthodox Church, but we are here now. Therefore I greet You and your delegation with a special feeling. May the Lord keep you and grant you spiritual and bodily strength, many years of creative life and the joy to see results of your apostolic labours.”

His Beatitude Anastasios expressed profound gratitude to the Russian Orthodox Church on behalf of the Albanian Church and said that during his first visit to Russia in 1976 he could not dream that the Lord would grant him an opportunity to be here on this radiant day.

During the talk of the Primates His Holiness Kirill raised the issue of student exchange, saying that theology was accepted as an academic discipline. “Besides dozens of theological schools there function many theological chairs and departments at the secular institutions of higher education, so thousands of young people study theology and many well-known outstanding scholars teach them. I would like to add that we are willing to receive students from the Albanian Church if You consider it helpful,” he said.

Patriarch Kirill highly appreciated the work of His Beatitude in the field of theology, saying that his name is well known in the Russian Church also thanks to his academic publications. “We would like to publish your last book in Russian in our country,” he added.

Discussed at the talk were inter-Orthodox and inter-Christian relations and the situation of Orthodoxy in Ukraine.

Congratulations of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to Raul Castro Rus on his 90th birthday


Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the occasion of the 75 th anniversary of Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with speaker of South Korean Parliament


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with episcopate of Orthodox Church of Moldova


Condolences of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the death of the Indonesian Christian leader Bishop Soritua Nababan


Paschal Message of Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia to the Archpastors, Pastors, Deacons, Monastics and All the Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets Serbian minister of foreign affairs


Holy Synod members commemorate Patriarch Irinej of Serbia and late archpastors of Russian Church


Address delivered by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the session of the Holy Synod on 13th April 2021


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill chairs Holy Synod’s first session in 2021


Condolences of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s condolences over the terrorist attack in Makassar


Patriarchal condolences over the train crash in the Egyptian province of Sohag


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill chairs online session of the Supreme Church Council


Patriarch Kirill congratulates the president of Greece on the occasion of the 200 th anniversary of the struggle for the liberation of the Greek nation


Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk receives National Award of the Russian Federation


Metropolitan Hilarion: Preaching Christ and the Gospel is what I have dedicated my life to.


Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk is awarded Russian Federation State Prize


“The Gospel according to Dostoyevsky” book by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk has come out


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Gospel does not provide answers for all occasions, but offers guidelines to help us know the will of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: Orthodox education today is comparable in quality to secular education


Metropolitan Hilarion: Each conceived human being should have the right to life by law


Metropolitan Hilarion: By Accusing the Russian Church, Patriarch Bartholomew tries to justify his anti-canonical acts


Metropolitan Hilarion: We are always close to our flock


Metropolitan Hilarion: the Department for External Church Relations safeguards the sacred boundaries of our Church


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Russian Orthodox Church prays for peace in Jerusalem


Metropolitan Hilarion: the US secretary of state has shown that the “OCU” is a political project


Metropolitan Hilarion: the work of the DECR can be compared to the service of border-guards


DECR chairman holds memorial service for repose of Pontic Greeks


President of Russia has awarded Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk Order of St. Alexander Nevsky


Metropolitan Hilarion: God does not want to condemn, but to save us


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord always grants to us the opportunity to display our talents


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has imbued the waters of Jordan with his divine presence to wash away human sins


Metropolitan Hilarion: to repent means to change your way of life


On commemoration day of St. Catherine, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk officiated at the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr In-the-Fields  the representation of the Orthodox Church in America


Metropolitan Hilarion: We can always show compassion for people


Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates on commemoration day of St. Varlaam of Khutyn at the church of ‘Joy to All the Afflicted’ icon of the Mother of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: We should remember that the life of each human being is in the hands of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: For God there is nothing impossible


Metropoplitan Hilarion: The cross which was an instrument of dishonourable execution becomes the symbol of salvation for millions of people


Metropolitan Hilarion: Eucharist is the wedding feast, to which Lord Jesus Christ invites each of us


Metropolitan Hilarion: Faith alone is not enough for salvation


Metropolitan Hilarion: God is willing to give everyone a wonderful gift of faith, but people must be willing to accept it


Metropolitan Hilarion: We should be mindful of the value of human life


Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk celebrates liturgy at Church of Antioch’s Moscow Representation on its patron saint’s day



Fields marked by * are mandatory required

Send a message