In an interview in the Serbian newspaper Politika published on 31 August 2011 with the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk questions of inter-Orthodox and inter-Christian relations, the topic of the Church’s witness to the contemporary world and the situation in the region of Kosovo were touched upon.
How do you envisage the resolution of problems in relations between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the government of Montenegro?
The role of Orthodoxy in the life of Montenegrin society has always been great. Today Montenegro is an independent state; eighty percent of its inhabitants confess Orthodoxy.
The first two Russian Orthodox clerics have arrived August 31, 2011, in Nice to serve at St. Nicholas' Cathedral in the French city, which was handed over to the Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church in May this year. "The priest and deacon have instructions to take up the administration of the church after obtaining the keys and documents," the Korsun Diocese, which governs the French parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate, said in a statement.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia consecrated the biggest in the Far East Orthodox church - Trinity Cathedral in Magadan.
On August 20, 2011, His Beatitude Ignatios IV, Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East, received in audience Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, who came to Syria for a working visit with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. In a warm and cordial talk, which took place at the Patriarchate of Antioch, they discussed the bilateral relations between the two Patriarchates and some topical problems concerning the life of Universal Orthodoxy.
On August 20, 20011, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, arrived in Istanbul. He was met at the airport by Russian Consul General A. Yerkhov and representatives of the Church of Constantinople. On the same day, the DECR chairman met with His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.