On Thursday, October 11, 2012, at the invitation of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited Rome, where he addressed the crowds in St. Peter's Square and delivered a message on the occasion of the 50th anniversary since the opening of the 2nd Vatican Council.
On 9 October 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, arrived in the Holy Mountain of Athos, leading a group of pilgrims. The pilgrims group also includes Archbishop Feognost of Sergiev Posad, chairman of the Synodal Department for Monasteries; Bishop Feofilakt of Dmitrov; Rev. Kirill Tatarka, secretary of the Hangarian diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church; DECR staff members hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), hierodeacon Ioann (Kopeikin) and Anatoly Churyakov; and several laymen from Russia and Great Britain.
Patriarch Kirill celebrates Divine Liturgy at St. Sergius’s Monastery on the Day of St. Sergius of Radonezh’s Demise12. October 2012 - 9:42
On October 8, 2012, the Day of the Demise of St. Sergius of Radonezh, the Miracle-Worker of All Russia (1392), His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, assisted by a great assembly of bishops and priests, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Dormition in St. Sergius’s Laura of the Holy Trinity.
On October 3, 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, received the new Russian ambassador to Serbia, Mr. A. Chepurin.
On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the DECR chairman presented Mr. Chepurin with a letter of commendation in recognition of his services for the good of the Church of Christ and on the occasion of this 60th birthday.
In the course of their talk held in a friendly atmosphere, they discussed various problems involved in Russian-Serbian relations.
Addressing the 16th World Russian People’s Council, which opened in Moscow on Monday, Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, called for victory in the information war being waged by the West against Russia.
There are moments in history where there is no visible frontline, but still you cannot retreat because otherwise you will lose your country, he said, adding, “This is exactly the moment we are experiencing today. Physical battles have been replaced by information wars. A battle for minds is in progress, in which we must not retreat.”