On 20 July 2013, His Beatitude Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada, arrived in Moscow to attend celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.
Meeting the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America at Domodedovo airport were Metropolitan Pavel of Ryazan and Mikhailov; Archbishop Arseniy of Istra, the first vicar of His Holiness the Patriarch for Moscow; Bishop Kliment of Krasnoslobodsk and Temnikov; archimandrite Alexander (Pihach), representative of the Orthodox Church in America to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia; archpriest Nikolai Balashov, deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR); archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations; and archpriest Georgy Roschin, representative of the World Russian People’s Council to the UN and a cleric of St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, who has brought a delegation of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem to the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia. They met at the patriarchal and synodal residence in the St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Holiness and Beatitude Iliya II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, who leads a delegation of the Georgian Orthodox Church to the celebrations marking the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia.
On Tuesday, 23 July 2013, on the feast of the Placing of the Precious Robe of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Moscow and to a prayerful remembrance of venerable Anthony of Pechersk, His Holiness Irinej served the Divine Liturgy at the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Moscow.
Concelebrating along with the members of the Serbian church delegation there was also dean of the Novospasky stavropegic monastery in Moscow Bishop Sava of Voskresensk. Ambassador of Serbia Slavenko Terzic and president of the International Fund of Unity of Orthodox Peoples V.A. Alekseyev prayerfully participated in the Liturgy. The diplomatic choir of the Embassy of Serbia in the Russian Federation sang responses.
President of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation S.E. Narishkin met with His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Moscow yesterday, on 23 July 2013.
During the talks there were also present: dean of the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Moscow Bishop Antonije of Moravica, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Russian Federation Mr. Slavenko Terzic, deputy director of the Department of the External Church Relations protopresbyter Nikolai Balashov, dean of the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade protopresbyter Vitaliy Tarasyev, chairmain of the Committee on the issues of the social associations and religious organizations of the State Duma of the Russian Federation J.E. Nilov and other high personalities.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Sava of Warsaw and All Poland arrived yesterday, on 23 July 2013, accompanied by Archbishop Simon of Łódź and Poznań, protopresbyter Nikolai Linchevski and deacon Paul Takayuk.
At the airport “Sheremetyevo” Metropolitan Pavel of Ryazan and Mikhailov, Bishop Isidor of Smolensk and Vyazma welcomed high delegation, which will participate in celebration on the occasion of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.