Patriarch Kirill writes special prayer for Victory Day

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia wrote a special prayer for clerics and Orthodox believers to read on the Victory Day. "I bless that from this year on all parishes of the Russian Church conduct a festival prayer service on the Victory Day to commemorate the escape of our people from the horrific deadly enemy, from danger our Motherland had never known in its history," Patriarch Kirill said after a Divine Liturgy in St. George Church at Poklonnaya Gora.

Patriarch Kirill attends a meeting of the CIS Interreligious Council

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, during his primatial visit to Azerbaijan, attended a meeting of the CIS Interreligious Council, which took place on 25 April 2010 at the Caucasus Muslim Board. Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshuqur Pasha-zade, chairman of the Caucasus Muslim Board, made introductory remarks. The participants honoured with a silence minute the memory of the late Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visits St. Nicholas’s in Vienna

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, while on a working visit to Austria, visited after the Divine Liturgy on 25 April 2010, St. Nicholas's Cathedral in Vienna. He was welcomed at the gates by Archpriest Vladimir Tyschuk, rector of the cathedral, and numerous parishioners.

The high guest surveyed the restored church and kissed the venerated icons. He gave the cathedral, which belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church's diocese of Vienna and Austria, an icon of St. Nicholas.

Metropolian Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk begins his visit to Italy

His Eminence Filaret, Patriarchal Exarch to All Belarus and Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, began on May 3, 2010, his visit to Italy. He will take part in an international conference on ‘The Poor - the Treasure of the Church. The Orthodox and Catholics in Charity' and make a key-report on Charity: Theology and Life of the Orthodox Church, the press service of the Byelorussian Orthodox Church has reported.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with renowned Greek theologian Christos Yannaras

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's department for external church relations and rector of the Church Post-Graduate School met, on 7 May 2010 at the DECR, with Prof. Christos Yannaras, a renowned Greek theologian and religious philosopher. In a warm atmosphere they discussed various aspects of Russian-Greek cultural and academic relations.