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Conference ‘The Future of Christianity in Europe. The Roles of Churches and Peoples of Poland and Russia’ completes its work in Warsaw

On 30 November 2013, the Russian-Polish Conference, ‘The Future of Christianity in Europe. The Roles of Churches and Peoples of Poland and Russia,’ completed its work at the Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.

Prior to the final session, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, and the retired Archbishop Henryk Muszyński, former Metropolitan of Gniezno and the Primate of Poland, were honoured with the award ‘For Merits in Promoting Tolerance-2013’, which the Tolerance Foundation gives to people who promote cooperation among people of different faiths on the basis of equality.

Metropolitan Hilarion noted that he considered this award as recognition of the efforts taken for reconciliation between the peoples of Poland and Russia and the development of mutual understanding between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church in Poland. ‘In our work we are inspired by the example of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Archbishop Józef Michalik, President of the Polish Episcopal Conference, who signed a historic message to the peoples of Poland and Russia in 2012. Our meeting today is devoted to the deliberations on the words of this message and on the ways of the implementation of its appeal.

The final session called ‘Russia-Poland. Orthodoxy-Catholicism. The Future’ was chaired by Metropolitan Hilarion and Bishop Wojciech Polak, general secretary of the Polish Episcopal Conference.

The DECR chairman said in his address to the participants: ‘We have much in common in our history, in our situation at present and in our vision of the future. I believe that we should meet to discuss concrete problems, including the presence of Christian symbols in public space of European countries and the protection of Christian traditional values. We can tell many things to the secular world in order to help people find a right way and live in keeping with Christian moral teaching.’

Among the areas of cooperation Metropolitan Hilarion mentioned education, cultural exchange, pilgrimage, charity and social ministry.

Answering the question of a venue and time of a meeting of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia with the Pope of Rome, Metropolitan Hilarion remarked that at present it is hard to say when this meeting may become possible. He added: ‘We always say that this meeting should be thoroughly prepared as it will be a historic one because the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and the Pope of Rome never met. This meeting should open a new page in relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Church of Rome.’ Metropolitan Hilarion mentioned the situation of Christians in the Middle East as a main topic of a possible meeting.

That same day in the evening, members of the delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church who took part in the Conference with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia attended Vespers at the Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Warsaw.

After the service, which was celebrated by Archbishop of Warsaw Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, Metropolitan Hilarion read out the final document of the Conference.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill's congratulations to the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America on his namesake day


Condolences of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the death of people as a result of fire at a hospital in Constanța (Romania)


Congratulations from Patriarch Kirill to Patriarch Daniel of Romania on anniversary of his enthronement


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presents church awards to DECR chairman and his vice-chairmen


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill: Patriarch Bartholomew has lapsed into schism


Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church convenes for second day of work


Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church completes first day of session


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presides at a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church


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


Patriarch-Catholicos Karekin II arrives in Moscow at the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill


DECR Chairman congratulated His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada on his namesake day


Metropolitan Hilarion: To reveal Christ to people is our most important missionary task


Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle


DECR chairman meets with Pope Francis of Rome


Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk attends interreligious meeting on Religion and Education


Presentation of the DECR Chairman at the interreligious meeting on Religion and Education


Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with president of Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: The Churches are seeking unity on the issue of climate change.


Concern expressed in the Russian Orthodox Church for the destiny of Christian shrines in Kosovo


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Metropolitan Hilarion: The Holy Synod is to decide how the presence of the Russian Church in Africa is to be structured.


Presentation of Chinese version of Patriarch Kirill’s book "In His Own Words"


DECR chairman sends greetings to His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania on the 14th anniversary of his enthronement


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presents church awards to DECR chairman and his vice-chairmen


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


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