Home page News
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Po…

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Pope Benedict XVI

[gallery]

On 16 October 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican after the session of the Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, at which the DECR chairman delivered greetings.

Metropolitan Hilarion conveyed best wishes to Pope Benedict XVI from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The Pope wished the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church God’s help and success.

A wide range of issues was touched upon in the talk Metropolitan Hilarion answered question of the head of the Roman Catholic Church, telling him about the present situation of the Russian Orthodox Church, the election of bishops and establishment of new metropolias, about theological schools and monasteries, the extension of missionary and educational activities of the Church, the teaching of the fundamentals of religious culture and secular ethics in schools, and about the opening of the chairs of theology in secular educational institutions.

Metropolitan Hilarion also told Pope Benedict XVI about the work of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission he heads and about his meeting with the newly appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, which took place earlier the same day. The DECR chairman expressed his hope for the development of relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church in theological research.

Also discussed was the desecration of Christian holy sites in different countries and the act of vandalism at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in particular. Pope Benedict XVI expressed solidarity with the position of the Russian Orthodox Church and also his bewilderment over the reaction of the certain mass media to the events.

The persecution of Christians in different parts of the world was an important theme of the talk. Metropolitan Hilarion underscored that the protection of Christian heritage in the Middle East and other countries where Christians are discriminated and persecuted is a common task of the Orthodox and the Catholics.

Metropolitan Hilarion presented Pope Benedict XVI an icon “The Descent into Hell” painted by protodeacon Alexiy Trunin and introduced his suite consisting of hieromonk Antoniy (Sevryuk), secretary of the Administration of the Moscow Patriarchate’s parishes in Italy, and deacon Alexiy Dikarev, a staff member of the DECR secretariat for inter-Christian relations.

Share:
Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the XII Christmas Parliamentary Meetings at the Federation Council of the Russian Federation

23.01.2024

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill: Patriarch of Constantinople is not a free man

07.01.2024

Christmas Message from Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Rus’

06.01.2024

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill had phone conversation with Metropolitan Ioann of Belgorod and Stary Oskol

02.01.2024

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill expresses condolences over deadly earthquake in northwest China

19.12.2023

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill congratulates Mr Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on his re-election as President of Egypt

19.12.2023

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill welcomes the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the decoration of the Church of St Sava in Belgrade

19.12.2023

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presides over jubilee meeting of Inter-Religious Council of Russia

07.12.2023

Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at jubilee meeting of Inter-Religious Council of Russia

07.12.2023

Patriarchal greetings on the occasion of 60th anniversary of the Diocese of Vienna and Austria

26.11.2023

Primate of Russian Church presents historic miracle-working Kazan Icon of the Mother of God to the faithful and celebrates Liturgy in the Kremlin Dormition Cathedral

04.11.2023

Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’ to the participants of the World Conference of Compatriots Living Abroad

01.11.2023

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill met with the Primate of the Assyrian Church of the East

31.10.2023

Statement by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the events at Makhachkala airport

30.10.2023

Patriarch Kirill gives his blessing to offering up fervent prayers for archpastors and clerics of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church striving to preserve church unity

30.10.2023

DECR chairman meets with the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Antioch

30.01.2024

DECR chairman concelebrates Liturgy with Patriarch of Antioch at Russian Church’s Metochion in Damascus

28.01.2024

Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk begins working visit to Syria

27.01.2024

DECR Chairman Addresses Round Table at the Federation Council

23.01.2024

Chairman of the DECR participates in the presentation of the Russian-language edition of Pope Benedict’s book Jesus of Nazareth.

18.01.2024

DECR chairman meets with leader of the Israeli Druze community

25.12.2023

DECR chairman attends presentation of Christmas project at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

24.12.2023

DECR chairman meets with British ambassador

21.12.2023

Metropolitan of Volokolamsk Anthony meets with the chairman of the board of trustees of the Saint Andrew the First-Called Foundation Vladimir Yakunin.

21.12.2023

DECR chairman attends official opening of an exhibition on interior decoration of St. Sava Church in Belgrade

19.12.2023

DECR Chairman met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Russian Federation

15.12.2023

The DECR Chairman took part in the international Muslim forum

12.12.2023

DECR Chairman and Patriarchal Exarch of Western Europe celebrate at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Paris

10.12.2023

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presides over jubilee meeting of Inter-Religious Council of Russia

07.12.2023

Session takes place of the Commission for International Co-operation under the Russian Presidential Council for Interaction with Religious Organizations

06.12.2023

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

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

13.09.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion: Faith alone is not enough for salvation

30.08.2020

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