Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at Rakovica monastery

 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia along with the official delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church visited Rakovica Monastery in Belgrade yesterday, on 4 October 2013. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church served the memorial service at the tombs of Serbian Patriarchs Dimitrije and Pavle.

Exhibition dedicated to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia opens in Rome

An exhibition marking the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia is being held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Rome on 27 September – 4 October 2013. Its co-organizers are the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Vatican, the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo), and the parish of the Church of St Catherine the Great Martyr in Rome.

Head of the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Moscow celebrates 25 years of the monastic tonsure

On 23 September 2013 the 25th anniversary of the monastic tonsure of the head of the Serbian Representation (Podvorye) at the Moscow Patriarchate of Bishop Antonije of Moravica was commemorated. 

The vicepresident of the Office for external church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate protopresbyter Nicholas Balasov and secretary of this Office protopresbyter Igor Jakimcuk visited the church of Sts. Peter and Paul the Apostles where is the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church and greeted Bishop Antonije of Moravica on this significant day and conveyed the greeting of President of the Office for external church relations Metropolitan Hilarin of Volokolamsk to him.

Laying the foundation stone of a church in Birzeit

On the evening of Sunday the 9th/22nd of September 2013, the foundation-stone was set of a church of the Greek Orthodox (Rum Orthodox) Community of the Patriarchate in the town of Birzeit, near Ramallah.

Birzeit is one of the most significant towns of the Palestinian Autonomy, which also hosts a University.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

On 25 September 2013, at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, and Arcbishop Elisey of Sourozh attended the episcopal ordination of Canon Jonathan Goodall which took place in the main Cathedral of Westminster Abbey.

Canon J. Goodall worked as the Ecumenical Secretary of the Archbishop of Canterbury for many years. Among those present at the ceremony were Archbishop Gregory of Thyateira and Great Britain (Patriarchate of Constantinople), Metropolitan Iosif of Southern and Western Europe (Romanian Orthodox Church), hierarchs and clergy of the Local Orthodox Churches and Oriental Churches, and the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini.