On Sunday, September 23, 2012, His All-Holiness presided over the memorial service on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary since the ethnic tragedy in Smyrna in 1922. The service was held at St. Fokas Church in the Mesachorion Community. In attendance were Metropolitan Germanos of Theodoroupolis, the Hon. Nicholas Matthioudakis, Consul General of Greece in Istanbul with his wife Catherine Varvarigou, Consul of Greece in Adrianople, and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Information in Greece, Mr. I. Panagiotopoulos.
On September 23, 2012, the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relation, who is on a visit to Greece with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, led the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Agia Sophia at Psychiko, Athens. Among his concelebrants were clergy of the diocese of Athens, Greek Orthodox Church, Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations, and Hierodeacon Ioann (Kopeikin), assistant to the rector of the Sts Cyril and Methodius Post-Graduate and Doctoral School.
On 18 September 2012, while on a visit to Japan, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Yoshihiko Noda, head of the Japanese government, at the Prime-Minister’s residence.
On Sunday, September 16 , 2012, Metropolitan Theoliptos of Iconium presided over the Divine Liturgy for the commemoration of St. Euphemia the Great Martyr at the Patriarchal Church of St. George. The service was attended by His All-Holiness, Metropolitans Germanos of Theodoroupolis and Nektarios of Kerkyra, Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaion from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, and the Greek former Deputy Minister, Mr. Markos Bolaris, with his family.
On 18 September 2012, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan.
The participants in the meeting discussed different aspects of relations between Russia and Japan, in particular, the aspects relating to spiritual and cultural ties between the people of the two countries.
On September 16, 2012, the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, while on a primatial visit to Japan, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Tokyo. Among his con-celebrants were Metropolitan Daniel of Tokyo, primate of the Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Varsonofy of Saransk and Mordovia, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Archbishop Varfolomey of Rovno and Ostrog, Archbishop Seraphim of Sendai, Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s administrative secretariat, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, DECR vice-chairman, Archpriest Nikolay Katsuban, dean of the ROC Tokyo representation, and Japanese clergy.