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Appeal from Archbishop Selwanos Boutros for the safety of Christians in Saddad& Homs in Syria

To all international, humanitarian and religions organizations and institutions and to who have a humanitarian role in the world, To all people with good intentions in the world

I call for you today on behalves of all the innocent people including elders, women, children, young men and women trapped in an areas, where we can’t reach them nor can they reach us in Sadad and Alhafar. I appeal to the groups forbidding them from leaving sieged areas and to negotiate with them an evacuation in a safe way where they wouldn’t be harmed. Allowing them to move to Derattiah direction or in Homs direction where we will be waiting to receive them.

Hopes and aspirations for the tenth WCC Assembly

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 meets vice-chairman of Cuba’s government

 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 Relations

Cooperation agreement signed between Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute and Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Cooperation agreement signed between Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute and Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Cooperation agreement signed between Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute and Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Cooperation agreement signed between Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute and Moscow State Institute of International Relations

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.

Syria: Christians erect statue of Jesus Christ as symbol of hope and peace

Envoys of the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches have erected a monumental statue of Christ on top of the Cherubim Mountain in the Syrian city of Saidnaya. The statue symbolizes hope and peace.

International Seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” takes place in Moscow

International Seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” takes place in Moscow
International Seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” takes place in Moscow
International Seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” takes place in Moscow
International Seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” takes place in Moscow

A seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” took place in the capital of Russia on 11 March 2013. Taking part in the seminar were representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, World Council of Churches, Evangelical Church in Germany, the National Council of Churches in Korea, Protestant communities of Russia, as well as scholars, cultural figures, and foreign guests.