Russian Patriarch Kirill opens International Conference on Modern Bible Studies and the Tradition of the Church27. November 2013 - 12:26
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia opened the conference and welcomed the participants.
The Presidium of the conference consisted of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, chairman of the Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission and rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Post-Graduate Studies; Metropolitan Antony of Borispol and Brovary, chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and rector of the Kievan theological schools; Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture; Dr. Yefim Pivovar, rector of the Russian State Humanities University.
The central event of the pastoral visit of Patriarch Bartholomew to Austria was the jubilee – the 50th anniversary of the Greek Metropolitanate in Austria. The solemn Holy Liturgy, on the occasion of this significant jubilee, was served in the church of the Resurrection of Christ in the centre of Vienna.
On 23 November 2013, a requiem service for5 the victim of mass famine in the Soviet Union was celebrated at the Church of St. Nicholas in Three Hills at the request of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation and the Ukrainian diaspora in Moscow.
Praying at the requiem service were H.T. Vladimir Yelchenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Russian Federation; embassy employees; representatives of Ukrainian communities who live in Moscow, and parishioners.
23 November 2013, marks the 78th birthday of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev on All Ukraine. Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, arrived in Kiev with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to take part in the celebration.
Metropolitan Vladimir officiated at the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas’ church, while Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated at the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Laura of the Caves together with Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, abbot of the Laura, and the assembly of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
On Friday, November 22, 2013, His All-Holiness attended and addressed the closing session of the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace, which was held in Vienna, Austria, from November 20-22.
The assembly brought together over 600 religious leaders from all over the world. The theme of the assembly was “Welcoming the Other.” “Religions for Peace” is the largest international coalition of leaders and representatives from the world’s greatest religions dedicated to promoting peace.