More than 70 family members, friends, parishioners of local churches, and alumni of St. Vladimir's turned out to honor Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Allison Park, PA, on Sunday, October 27, in celebration of "Father Tom's" 50th Anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. The event, which was sponsored by St. Vladimir's Seminary Alumni Association and hosted by the parish community at the cathedral, began with a Moleben of Thanksgiving served by Cathedral Dean The Very Rev. Michael Senyo, with choir responses led by The Very Rev. Thomas Soroka, rector of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKees Rocks, PA.
On 30th October 2013, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa went to the Library of Alexandria in order to receive in a function of particular honour, the second lot of restored and digitalized coded manuscripts, which are from the treasures of the Patriarchal library.
The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) begins at the end of October and promises to be one of the most diverse gatherings of Christians in the world.
The assembly will be an opportunity for renewing the worldwide ecumenical movement – infusing it with honesty, humility and hope, according to the WCC General Secretary.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met with the vice-chairman of the Cuban Council of Ministers, Mr. Ricardo Cabrisas. Present at the meeting were also Cuban Ambassador to Russia His Excellency Emilio Lozada Garcia and Miguel Palacio of the DECR secretariat for the far-abroad countries.
Cooperation agreement signed between Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute and Moscow State Institute of International Relations24. October 2013 - 13:20
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Church Relations, in his capacity as rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate and Doctoral Studies, and Dr. A. Torkunov, rector of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (university) (MGIMO) under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, signed a cooperation agreement between the two educational institutions, during the DECR chairman meeting with MGIMO faculty and students.