His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on 16 March 2011 at his working residence in Chisty Pereulok.
They discussed major areas of cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, especially the issues considered by the two Churches' Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue. Since its establishment in 1979 this commission has become the main platform for Orthodox-Catholic dialogue because, among other things, its work involves representatives of all the Local Orthodox Churches. The commission agreed on several documents concerning the teaching on the Sacraments and sacramental nature of the Church.
Dear Orthodox Family in various part of the world,
We appreciate your prayers and emails with love. There are many inquiries on the current situation there. Thank God, electricity and telephone are recovering in Sendai and other sities in land of Tohoku area. Due to the communication system trouble and shortage of electricity etc. Eastern Japan and Orthodox Japan websites still are under difficulties to upload current information. The Western Japan Diocese, fortunately, can continue daily work as daily.
We decided to provide current information page on our website.
Administrator: Fr. George and Maria (English page), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will upload news successively. The Tokyo head office is preparing to answer to the offer of financial aids. Soon, the necessary information will be shown. Keep us in your prayer.
Love in Christ,
Fr. George and Maria
Website of Holy Annunciation Cathedral in Sendai of Eastern Japan Diocese starts working. But Japanese only. See http://www8.ocn.ne.jp/~sendai/
President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity visits the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius16. March 2011 - 10:40
On 15 March 2011, Kurt Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, currently on his first official visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, visited the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St, Sergius and the Moscow Theological Academy. His Eminence was accompanied by Rev. Milan Zust, a staff member of the PCPCU, and deacon Alexy Dikarev, a staff member of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations.
With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Longin of Nova Gracanica-Midwestern America after several attempts we made the contact with the Orthodox Church in Japan. Metropolitan Danilo, the head of the Japanese Orthodox Church and the priesthood were very touched by the care of the Serbian Orthodox Church and our people towards Japanese brothers and sisters who sisters who undergo tough temptations.
Human civilization will further successfully develop if people are able to limit themselves, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes.
"Everything that happens today with climate, with people proves that we don't develop correctly. I am aware that what I say now contradicts to what you say in Davos," the Patriarch said at a meeting with participants in the Global Leaders Group of the World Economic Forum on Saturday in Moscow.
On Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 13, 2011, His Eminence Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy and Malta of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of St. George the Great Martyr in Venice. After the Liturgy there was a procession around the church in honor of the victory of the Orthodoxy over iconoclasts.