Orthodox Churches

Metropolitan Hilarion attends conference on protecting the family

November 13, 2013 – a conference on “Orthodox and Catholics Protecting the Family Together” took place in Rome under the auspices of the Department for the External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, opened the conference, addressing the problem of the globalization and the crisis of the family. Then Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the DECR, spoke on “The family, Christianity, society: Orthodox perspective”.

The feast of Saint Demetrius at Patriarchate of Jerusalem

The feast of Saint Demetrius at Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The feast of Saint Demetrius at Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The feast of Saint Demetrius at Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The feast of Saint Demetrius at Patriarchate of Jerusalem

On Friday the 26th of October/8th of November 2013, the feast of St Demetrius the Great Martyr and Myrrh-Streamer was celebrated at the ancient chapeldedicated to him. The chapel lies between the Central Monastery of the Hagiotaphites and the School of St Demetrius, named thus after the chapel.

Metropolitan Hilarion completes his visit to Lebanon

On 10 November 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), who visited Lebanon in connection with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of consecration of Archbishop Nifon of Philippopolis, representative of the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, met with the Patriarch of the Maronite Church, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Raï, at his residence near Beirut.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch

On 9 November 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), currently on a visit to Lebanon with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, visited the Monastery of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Balamand, where he was received by His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of the Great Antioch and All the East.

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with the President of Lebanon

On 9 November 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), arrived in Lebanon with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to take part in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of consecration of Archbishop Nifon of Philippopolis, representative of the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

Celebration of National Anniversary in Alexandria

On 28th October 2013, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa officiated at the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Church of the Annunciation of the Theotokos in Alexandria. He also presided over the Doxology immediately thereafter for the National Anniversary and the memorial prayers for those Egyptians fighters who fell during the national epic of the year 1940.

Making his first appearance at these events was His Excellency the Governor of Alexandria, General Tarek El Mahdy, to whom His Beatitude expressed his gratitude for his presence and trust in the enormous efforts he has undertaken to reform Alexandria. Also present were the Honourable Consul General of Greece in Alexandria Mr. Christos Kapodistrias, the Registrar of the Educational Institutes of the Hellenic Community of Alexandria Mr. Paris Makris, the Chairman of the Cypriot Brotherhood Mr. Haralambos Haralambides, Chairman of Societies and Officials of the city, teachers and pupils of the Hellenic Schools and other dignitaries.