Primates and representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches traveled by special train to Minsk

The primates and the representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches came to Minsk traveling by a special train from Moscow, on the occasion of the celebrations of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia which happened in Kiev and Minsk. 

This train had a special passenger car-church in which was the cross of Holy Apostle Andrew. This cross was brought from the Greek town of Patras to the Russian Orthodox Church on the occasion of the great jubilee. During the trip to Kiev His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia held several important official meetings with representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches. 

Delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church concludes the visit to the Russian Orthodox Church

The delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church, which is led by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, has left Moscow the capital of Serbia this morning. 

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, director of the Department of Interchurch Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate; His Grace Bishop Antonije of Moravica, head of the Representation of the Serbian Patriarchate in Moscow; as well as Mr. Slavenko Terzic, ambassador of Serbia to the Russian Federation. 

Solemn Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in Minsk

Church celebrations in honor of 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia from Moscow and Kiev were transferred to Minsk, the capital of Belarus 

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia along with primates and heads of the delegations of the Local Orthodox Churches served on 29 July 2013 the Divine Liturgy at the ruins of Minsk ancient castle,  where the first church of this city was founded in XI century. Among participants there was His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch. 

Minsk: Memory of the soldiers of the Great Patriotic War

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia along with prominent guests from the Local Orthodox Churches which participate in the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia, laid a wreath on the monument at the Victory square in Minsk, raised in  honor of the soldiers of the Soviet Army and guerrilla fighters who liberated Belarus from the conquerors during the Great Patriotic War.  In the center of the complex there is a 40-meter-high granite obelisk. In the underground of the Victory square there is a memorial hall in honor of the heroes of the Soviet Union who were killed in Belarus.