Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia states that relations between the Russian and Constantinople Churches are moving forward. "I am happy that every meeting brings us closer together," Patriarch stated on Saturday after the liturgy in St. Isaac's Cathedral in Saint-Petersburg served together with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.
Message of the Episcopal Assembly Of the Canonical Orthodox Hierarchs of North and Central America May 26-28, 201031. May 2010 - 14:18
We glorify the name of the Triune God for gathering us at this first Episcopal Assembly of this region in New York City on May 26-28, 2010 in response to the decisions of the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference held at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Switzerland, from June 6-12, 2009, at the invitation of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Gathered together in the joy of the Feast of Pentecost, we humbly recognize our calling, in our unworthiness, to serve as instruments and disciples of the Paraclete, who "holds together the whole institution of the Church" (Hymn of Vespers of Pentecost).
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople hails the Russian leadership's dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church.
"We, as the Mother Church, welcome prospering cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the State. The Russian leadership and the leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church are writing a new chapter in history," Patriarch Bartholomew told President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow on Tuesday.
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople highly appreciated cooperation of Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with the Russian Orthodox Church.
"I express gratitude on behalf of the Constantinople Church and from myself personally to these great Christian heads. They are not embarrassed to publicly testify to their faith and piety," Patriarch Bartholomew said during his visit to the Antioch Patriarchate representation in Moscow.
His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, during his official visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, arrived together with his delegation at the Valamo Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration, on May 27, 2010.
The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople was accompanied by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's department for external church relations, Bishop Pankraty of Troitsk, abbot of the Valamo Monastery, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, DECR vice-chairman, and Rev. Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations.
On 27 May 2010, His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and his delegation arrived in St. Petersburg. The delegation consists of Metropolitans Michael of Austria, Irinaios of Myriophyton and Peristasis, Emmanuel of France, general secretary of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople archimandrite Elphidophoros (Lambriniadis), Archimandrite Bessarion (Komzias), Archdeacon Maximos (Vgenopoulos), and other persons.