Orthodox Churches

Members of the Russian Orthodox Holy Synod attend the Parade on the Red Square

Members of the Russian Orthodox Holy Synod attend the Parade on the Red Square

On 9 May 2012, members of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church: Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsy and Kolomna; Metropolitan Varsonofiy of Saransk and Mordovia, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate; Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, attended the military parade on the Red Square marking the Victory Day.

Among those invited to attend the parade were archpriest Dimitry Smirnov, head of the Synodal Department for Relations with the Army and Law Enforcement Agencies; archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, chairman of the Synodal Department for Church-Society Relations; representatives of the traditional confessions of Russia; and members of the Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Associations.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov

On 28 April 2012, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov at the premises of the Council of Ministers.
Taking part in the meeting on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR); Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administrative Secretariat; Mr. Vladimir Legoida, chairman of the Synodal Information Department; archpriest Nikolai Balashov, DECR deputy chairman; archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations; hegumen Filipp (Vasiltsev), rector of the metochion of the Russian Orthodox Church; and M. Kuksov, acting head of His Holiness’s personal secretariat.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill lays a wreath at the monument to Tsar Liberator Alexander II in Sofia

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill lays a wreath at the monument to Tsar Liberator Alexander II in Sofia

On 29 April 2012, after the divine service at the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and members of the delegation that accompanied him laid a wreath and flowers at the monument to the Emperor Alexander II on National Assembly Square in Sofia.

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church was joined in honouring the memory of the Tsar Liberator by Metropolitan Dometian of Vidin, Bishop Tikhon of Tiberiopol, Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Bulgaria: Yu. Isakov of Russia, V. Kachanov of Belarus, N. Baltaji of Ukraine, and residents of the capital of Bulgaria.

They sang Memory Eternal and troparion of the Resurrection of Christ.

Inter - Orthodox Assembly of priesthood in Melbourn

On Monday, April 30, 2012 in the Greek parish of Holy Unmercenaries in Melbourn, the First Assembly of Priesthood of Melbourn and the surroundings.

Prime Minister of Australia at the Phanar

Prime Minister of Australia at the Phanar

On Thursday, April 26, 2012, His All-Holiness received the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Julia Gillard, at the Phanar. Issues discussed during the meeting included the significance of dialogue between different religions and cultures worldwide, particularly in countries with multicultural composition, as well as the environmental activities and initiatives of the Patriarchate.

Feast of St. George at Patriarchal Church

Feast of St. George at Patriarchal Church
Feast of St. George at Patriarchal Church
Feast of St. George at Patriarchal Church
Feast of St. George at Patriarchal Church

On Monday, April 23, 2012, Metropolitan Germanos of Tranoupolis presided over the concelebration of the Divine Liturgy, together with Metropolitans Theoliptos of Iconium and Elpidophoros of Proussa, for the commemoration and celebration of the Feast of St. George the Great Martyr, Patron Saint of the Patriarchal Church at the Phanar. His All-Holiness was present in the sacred altar and following the Divine Liturgy welcomed group of students from Greece and other pilgrims.