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.
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, 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.
The missionary movement associated with Fr Daniil Sysoyev is promoting a number of cultural and religious initiatives among Chinese students in Russia. Fr Sysoyev is the Orthodox Russian Orthodox priest who was shot four times and killed by an unknown gunman in his Moscow church last November.
A guided visit to the Monastery of Saint Sergii for Chinese residents in Moscow was one of the first steps taken by the "Prophet Daniil movement".
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed his condolences over death of Poland's president, his wife and other members of Polish delegation in an air crash. "We will pray for those people who died and we believe that Katyn will now remember not only innocently killed people (who were buried there - IF), but also those who were going to commemorate them and died in this pilgrimage," Patriarch Kirill said on Saturday at a meeting with Patriarch Theodore II in Alexandria.