Home page News
President of Greece Karolos Papoulias awards Patri…

President of Greece Karolos Papoulias awards Patriarch Kirill with the Order of Honour

On 3 June 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Karolos Papoulias, at the presidential mansion in central Athens.

They were joined in the meeting by His Beatitude Archbishop Hieronymos of Athens and All Greece; Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations; Metropolitan Prokopios of Philippe, Neapolis and Thasos; secretary of the Greek presidential administration Mr. Georgiou; and director of the diplomatic department Mr. Pukamissas.

President Papoulias conferred a high state award, the Grand Cross of the Order of Honour, upon His Holiness.

Patriarch Kirill thanked the President for the privilege and said: “We, the fraternal nations, are of the same faith, which is a solid basis for relations of Greece with the countries of historical Rus, including Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. I believe that any problems on our relationship will be solved in a peaceful and fraternal manner for mutual benefit. I assure you in our prayers, support and openness to cooperation for the good of our Churches.”

The President of Greece underscored the importance of Patriarch Kirill’s visit paid at the difficult time and thanked him for assistance rendered to the Orthodox Church of Greece.

Discussed at the meeting were relationship between legislative and moral standards and the present moral crisis of humanity as a prime reason of the recent financial crisis in Europe.

President Papoulias noted the importance of pilgrimage for the development of fraternal relations between nations. His Holiness added that cooperation in this field had good prospects.

Also discussed was the situation in the Middle East where, according to His Holiness, Christians are being rapidly ousted from the region. Special attention was paid to Syria, where two Christian bishops are held as hostages.

The President of Greece agreed with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s thoughts about the situation of Christians in the Middle East and expressed his deep concern for the people living in Syria and in other countries of the region.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill opens conference on primacy and conciliarity in Orthodoxy


Presentation by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the opening of the ‘World Orthodoxy: Primacy and Conciliarity in the Light of Orthodox Dogmatic Teaching’ conference


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill will open a Conference on the Primacy and Conciliarity in Orthodoxy


Patriarch Kirill leads celebration of Alexander Nevsky’s 800th birthday anniversary in St.Petersburg


Greetings by the Patriarch to the Russian athletes who participated in the 16th Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia awards special representative of the Coptic Patriarchate Dr. Anton Milad


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill: the evil forces are tearing apart the unity of the Orthodox Churches


Message of greeting from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to participants in the festival ‘Russia-Greece. Together through the Centuries’


Patriarchal greetings to Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine with anniversary of his enthronement


Condolences of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the death of Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky


The Primate of the Antiochian Church expresses gratitude to Patriarch Kirill for help in supplying the Lebanon with Covid-19 vaccines


Patriarch wishes Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk happy 55th birthday


Patriarch Kirill greets the participants of the XXVIII annual General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy


Patriarch Kirill meets with Islamic religious leaders in Kazan


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill chairs regular session of Russian Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod


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


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


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


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


Page is available in the following languages

Fields marked by * are mandatory required

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