Home page News
DECR chairman greets 23d International Symposium o…

DECR chairman greets 23d International Symposium on Orthodox Spirituality

On September 9, 2015, the 23d International Symposium on Orthodox Spirituality was opened at the Bose monastic community, Italy, under the theme ‘Mercy and Forgiveness’. It is attended by representatives of Local Orthodox Churches, the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant communities as well as prominent theologians and specialists in church history. With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, a delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church led by Bishop Mitrofan of Severomonrsk and Umba takes part in the symposium. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR), has sent the following message of greetings to the participants in the symposium.

Very Reverend Father Enzo Bianchi,

Dear organizers and participants of the symposium:

On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, I would like to cordially greet all the participants in the 23d International Symposium of Orthodox Spirituality organized by the Bose community and held under the theme ‘Mercy and Forgiveness’.

The good news of our Lord Jesus Christ has revealed to the whole creation the boundless mercy and absolute forgiveness of our God the Heavenly Father. The Creator’s love of His created world enslaved by sin was expressed in the self-denial of the Son of God Who gave Himself for the sins of the world ‘so that all people be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth’ (1 Tim. 2:4). How inscrutably profound is the forgiveness of God given to the sinful man without any condition even before he repents (cf. Rom. 5:8)! God, like the loving father from the parable of the lost son, stands in anticipation on the way of he who ‘was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found’ (Lk. 15: 20:24).

‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful’, says the Saviour to His disciples (Lk. 6:36). In these words there is a testimony to the highest dignity of man called to co-work with God. But is ‘the crown of the creation’ always equal to his calling? The natural environment of man, destroyed by irresponsible and consumer attitude to it, needs love and care for its salvation. According to St. Paul, ‘the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed’, for ‘the whole creation has been groaning right up to the present time, not only so, but we ourselves…’ (Rom. 8; 19:22-23).

Today we are all witnesses to a trouble in international and social relations. The humanity should realize that wounds inflicted by hatred and animosity can be healed only by mercy and mutual forgiveness for the sake of peace, preservation of life and salvation of the future generations. This year the Russian Orthodox Church is marking the centenary of the blissful demise of the Baptizer of Rus’, the Holy Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles, who has become a model of just and merciful ruler. Today as never before the modern world stands in need of similar examples of responsible and selfless commitment to the calling imbued with the spirit of Christian mercy.

I would like to wish that today’s symposium may remind Christians with renewed force of their responsibility before the creation of God yearning for compassion and effective love. May the Lord’s blessing be with you all.

With love in the Lord,

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk

Head of the Department for External Church Relations

Moscow Patriarchate

Share:
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates Liturgy on the Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

04.12.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Romania’s ambassador to Russia

30.11.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill receives congratulatory messages on his 75th birthday from heads and representatives of Christian confessions in Russia

26.11.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Chair of the Senate of Kazakhstan Maulen Ashimbayev

25.11.2021

Pope Francis of Rome and hierarchs of the Roman Catholic Church congratulate His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his 75th birthday

25.11.2021

Congratulations from His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem to the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on his 75th birthday

24.11.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill congratulated on his 75th birthday by inter-Christian organizations and international charities

24.11.2021

Patriarch Kirill's condolences over the death of people in a car crash in western Bulgaria

23.11.2021

Congratulations from His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on his 75th birthday

23.11.2021

Patriarch Kirill: Patriarch Bartholomew considers himself to be not first among equals but first above all the rest

20.11.2021

Congratulations to Patriarch Kirill on his 75th birthday sent by heads and representatives of foreign Protestant churches and organizations

20.11.2021

Primate of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia congratulates His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on his 75th birthday

20.11.2021

Congratulation sent by Primate of the Polish Orthodox Church to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on his 75th birthday

20.11.2021

Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church holds online meeting

08.11.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill answers questions put to him by Forbes France.

26.10.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates Liturgy on the Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

04.12.2021

The Fifth Conference on Theology in Academic-Educational Space completes its work

04.12.2021

Metropolitan of Volokolamsk Hilarion speaks at the opening of the V All-Russian Theology within the Scientific and Educational Expanse conference

02.12.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: our neighbor is that person who needs our mercy

28.11.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion speaks at the Russian National Forum of Young Theologians

27.11.2021

“Reading the Bible Together” audio project timed to the 75th birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill is presented at Chernigov Metochion in Moscow

24.11.2021

Meeting of the Board of the Christian Inter-confessional Consultative Committee

24.11.2021

DECR Chairman: Ukrainian authorities have every opportunity to stop the wave of persecution against the UOC

23.11.2021

The International Cooperation Commission of the Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Associations meets for a regular session

23.11.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: For the first time the violation of rights of the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is recognized on an international platform

21.11.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion describes as groundless the USA statements about “the violation of religious freedoms” in Russia

21.11.2021

DECR Chairman visits the Permanent Mission of Russia to the UN in New York

17.11.2021

DECR chairman visits Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in the USA

16.11.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion welcomes the decision of the UN Human Rights Committee on the persecutions against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

16.11.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Patriarch Bartholomew legalized the schism while pretending to heal it

15.11.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has commanded us to love every human being

31.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: on the Feast of the Holy Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos we glorify the heavenly intercession of the Mother of God

14.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Many things in a person's life depend on faith

29.08.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Holy Spirit is the main treasure of the Christian soul

01.08.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Holiness is a constant striving to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ

27.06.2021

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

07.03.2021

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

24.01.2021

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

19.01.2021

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

17.01.2021

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

07.12.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion: We can always show compassion for people

29.11.2020

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

19.11.2020

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

06.11.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion: For God there is nothing impossible

25.10.2020

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

27.09.2020

Page is available in the following languages
Feedback

Fields marked by * are mandatory required

Send a message
Рус Укр Eng Deu Ελλ Fra Ita Бълг ქარ Срп Rom عرب