Orthodox Churches

Thousands of French wait for hours to visit Russian cathedral-cultural center in Paris

The Russian church on Branly Quai in Paris was one of the most visited places during the Days of the French National Heritage held on Saturday and Sunday. Several major publications, such as “Le Monde” and “Le Figaro” had earlier suggested to their readers to visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral and Spiritual-Cultural Center, reports the Korsun Diocese.

Ancient Georgian monastery to be restored in Turkey

A tenth century Georgian Orthodox monastery of historic importance found in the northeastern Turkish village of Altiparmak is set to be restored by a group of both Georgian and Turkish experts. The team from the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia and the State Academy of Arts began its work on Parkhali Monastery on Saturday, reports agenda.ge.

DECR chairman meets with His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch

DECR chairman meets with His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch
DECR chairman meets with His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch
DECR chairman meets with His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch
DECR chairman meets with His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch

On 15 September 2017, while in Lebanon upon the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, visited the the Archdiocese of Beirut of the Patriarchate of Antioch and had a meeting with Metropolitan Elias of Beirut and Dependencies.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with President of Lebanon

On 15 September 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with Mr. Michel Aoun, President of the Lebanese Republic, at the Presidential palace in Baabda, in the suburb of Lebanon’s capital.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with the head of the Maronite Church

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with the head of the Maronite Church
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with the head of the Maronite Church
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with the head of the Maronite Church
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with the head of the Maronite Church

On 15 September 2017, at the summer residence of the Maronite patriarchs in Dimane, Lebanon, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with His Beatitude Maronite Patriarch Béchara Boutros Cardinal al-Raï.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk begins his working visit to Lebanon

On 14 September 2017, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, arrived in Lebanon. At the Beirut international airport he was met by Metropolitan Niphon of Philippopolis, representative of the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia; Mr. Yacoub Sarraf, Minister of National Defense of the Lebanese Republic; Hegumen Arseniy (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East; Mr. V.L. Maksudov, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Russian Federation in Lebanon; Mr. V.V. Zaychikov, head of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Beirut; and by other officials.

Thira Diocese of Greek Church condemns commercial profanation of its churches

Following the Europe-wide controversy over German supermarket chain Lidl’s decision to use photos of famous Greek Orthodox churches with crosses removed in the advertising and packaging of its “Eridanous” line of Greek food, and a number of other provocations, including the filming of a rap video in one church, the Thira Diocese of the Greek Orthodox Church, to which the famous Santorini churches belong, has released a condemnatory response, ortodoxia.info reports.