On 11 September 2012, the Interfaith Forum “Living together is the Future”, held in Sarajevo, completed its work. The Forum, organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio together with the Serbian Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vrhbosna-Sarajevo, and Islamic and Jewish Communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, gathered several hundreds of representatives of various religions from all over the world.
Patriarch Kirill: I will pray to St. Nicholas Equal-to-the-Apostles asking him to help open a new page in relations between Russia and Japan24. September 2012 - 11:33
On September 18, 2012, before the conclusion of his primatial visit to Japan, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia answered questions from Russian and Japanese mass media.
Speaking about his meeting with Emperor Akihito of Japan, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church said that during the meeting with the Japanese monarch, an exchange of opinions took place, especially about the role and importance of the work of St. Nicholas of Japan ‘who founded a Church which exists to this day and which certainly constitutes one of the bridges uniting the people of Japan with the people of Russia on the level of heartfelt relations’.
On September 16, 2012, the Japanese version of the book ‘Freedom and Responsibility: In a Search for Harmony. Human Rights and Dignity’ by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia was presented to the public.
Christianity is at stake, especially in Syria, said here Monday Archbishop Chrysostomos, warning that if extremists prevail in Syria, minorities and Christians will feel the repercussions.
The Archbishop said this is something which greatly concerns the Orthodox churches of the region.
Archbishop Chrysostomos, together with the Patriarchs of Alexandria and All Africa Theodoros and Jerusalem and all Palestine Theofilos, speaking during a press conference, explained the vision, aims and expectations of the Orthodox Initiative, in the framework of the political and socio-economic changes that are developing nowadays in the wider Middle East region.
Patriarch Kirill congratulates Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the 25th anniversary of his ordination20. August 2012 - 10:17
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relation, on the 25th anniversary of his ordination.
To: The Most Reverend Hilarion
Head of the Department for External Church Relations
Permanent Member of the Holy Synod
I cordially congratulate you on the 25th anniversary of your ordination.
A quarter of a century has passed since, on the Day of the Holy Transfiguration, you were ordained to assume the lot of pastoral ministry. Being an example of responsible attitude to very task entrusted to you by the Supreme Church Authority, you have done a great deal to bear witness to the intransient beauty and power of Holy Orthodoxy.