Moscow turns ownership of public monasteries over to Orthodox Church

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered the handover of about 20 Moscow-area monasteries to the Russian Orthodox Church, returning properties seized during the Bolshevik Revolution almost a century ago.


Italian version of Patriarch Kirill’s Freedom and Responsibility presented at Catholic University of Milan

The Italian version of Patriarch Kirill's book entitled Freedom and Responsibility was presented on 17 May 2010 at the Catholic University of Milan. The presentation was led by Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's department for external church relations.

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

On 19 May 2010, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, currently in Rome with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, met with the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, at the Council's library in the Vatican.

St. Seraphim Church in New York fundraises for unique frescoes dedicated to unity of the Russian Church

St Seraphim Church in Sea Cliff (NY, USA) fundraises for the unique frescoes dedicated to the 1000-year history of the Russian Orthodox Church and the reestablishment of unity with the Russian Church Abroad in 2007. "I call upon all of you whose hearts and souls burn with love and fervor toward the Russian Orthodox Church, toward the glorious pages of its history, toward the many burdens of its peoples, toward her culture, to answer the call of this worthy project by donating funds," Archpriest Serafim Gan, Parish Rector, Chancellor of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Secretary of the First Hierarch, said in his address posted at the official ROCOR website on Monday.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew attends event with Greek traditional dances

On Tuesday, May 4, 2010, His All Holiness attended an event with traditional dances from the dance group of the Patriarchal Great School of the Nation at the Cultural and Artistic Association of Ferikoi.

Source: (Photo by N. Manginas)