The Rev. Daniil Sysoyev, a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church who was known for promoting missionary work among Muslims, was shot and killed in his parish church late Thursday night.
Father Sysoyev, 35, died at a Moscow hospital of gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The parish's choir director was wounded in the shootings at the Church of St. Thomas by the unidentified assailant.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the following congratulatory message to His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of his election and enthronement to the throne of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople.
Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate DECR meets with officials of the UN Mission in Kosovo and Metochia5. November 2009 - 8:30
In conclusion of his visit to Kosovo and Metochia, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, met on 30 October 2009 with Mr. Jolyon Negele, director of the political relations department of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), and Mr. M. Krasnoschekov, a staff member of the department from the Russian Federation. Participating in the meeting, which took place at Pristina airport, was Mr. A. Shugurov, head of the office of the Russian Embassy in Serbia.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stands with Orthodox archbishop Evlogy during the unveiling ceremony of a new chapel to mark the National Unity Day in the ancient Russian town of Suzdal, about 200 km (124 miles) east of Moscow, on November 4, 2009. Suzdal (Russian: Су́здаль) is a town in Vladimir Oblast, Russia, situated north-east of Moscow, 26 kilometers (16 mi) from the city of Vladimir, on the Kamenka River. Population: 11,357 (2002 Census); 12,063 (1989 Census).
His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was received today at the White House in the Oval Office by President Barack Obama. This reciprocal visit to the one paid by President Obama earlier this year (April 7, when he made his first overseas visit to a Muslim country, Turkey) followed up on their conversations at that time on the subjects of the recently concluded environmental symposium on the Mississippi River and the re-opening of the Theological School of Halki.