DECR Chairman meets the newly appointed Russian ambassador to Mongolia
On January 31st, the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate hosted a meeting between DECR Chairman Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk and the newly appointed Russian Ambassador to Mongolia Andrei Evsikov.
His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk attended reception at Russian Embassy in Syria
On January 21, Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, who is in Syria with a blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, was invited to the Russian embassy in Damascus in honour of the arrival of a delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Syrian capital. Among the invited guests was His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East.
Address of the DECR chairman Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk at the meeting of the UN Security Council
On January 17, 2023, Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, delivered an on-line address at the meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
On January 29, 2023, in his sermon after the Divine Liturgy at the Cetinje Monastery, Metropolitan Joanikje of Montenegro and the Littoral spoke about the persecution to which the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is subjected today. The Union of Orthodox Journalists (UOJ) writes about it with reference to Svetigora Radio.
Feast of St. Sava celebrated at the Serbian Metochion in Moscow
On January 17, DECR secretary for inter-Christian relations Hieromonk Stephen (Igumnov) met with the representative of the Community of Sant’Egidio in Moscow, Alessandro Salakone.
Moscow will host a conference on the Old Rite in the life of the Russian Orthodox Church
Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), has sent a congratulatory address to the DECR vice-chairman, Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), on the occasion of his 55th birthday. The text reads as follows:
Participants in the meeting at the DECR will discuss Church care for mentally ill young people
On January 10th, Chairman of the Synodal Missionary Department, Bishop Evphymii of Lukhovitsy solemnly presented certificates of completion of short-term clerical training courses to the new clergy of the Patriarchal Exarchate of Africa. Vladyka congratulated them on the completion of their studies and wished them zealous service in the field of education of the peoples of their countries with the light of Orthodoxy.
Representatives of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission congratulate the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem on the occasion of the Nativity of Christ.
On January 1, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of the Circumcision of the Lord and commemorates St. Basil the Great. Archimandrite Vassian (Zmeyev), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus’ to the Patriarch of Bulgaria and rector of the Metochion of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sofia attended the Divine Liturgy celebrated at the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia.
Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk confirmed as DECR vice-chairman
An article by Matthew Namee
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
The Church’s communication with the world external to her is a special but integral part of Orthodox mission. This ministry is not always the direct proclamation of the Word of God. However, it helps millions of people to see Orthodoxy from various viewpoints and also to come to feel the beauty and power of Orthodoxy.