The meeting between Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko took more than three and a half hours and was the Patriarch's most lengthy meeting with a head-of-state.
"I wanted to attract your attention to the open character of the talks. I wished to learn the position of the president on various issues," Kirill said.
His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, in his concern for the suffering people of Zimbabwe, made an imploring request to the "SOLIDARITY" NGO of the Church of Greece, for food to be sent to this African country.
The above-named NGO, in reply to His Beatitude's request, passed on to the International Developmental Co-operation of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a start to the assistance, the following amounts in humanistic aid: 1800 kg sugar, 2922 kg flour, and 1415 kg olive oil.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is going to visit Ukraine on July 27. Such decision was taken at the Patriarch's meeting with Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine in Moscow as the latter arrived in the Russian capital to participate in the Holy Synod, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church press-service has told Interfax-Religion on Tuesday.
Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, an Oxford-educated cleric who served as the Moscow Patriarchate's representative to European organizations in Brussels, has been appointed as head of the Russian Orthodox Church's Department of External Church Relations.
The appointment was made on 31 March at the first meeting of the church's synod of bishops chaired by Patriarch Kirill I since his enthronement in February 2009.
A Department for Relations between the Church and Society has been set up within the church's administrative structure, according to a decision at a session the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday. "The synodal Department for Relations between the Church and Society has been set up, and Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin has been appointed its head," Vladimir Vigilyansky, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate press service, told journalists following the session.
The Holy Synod appointed Archbishop Varsonofy of Mordovia and Saransk to be acting manager of the Moscow Patriarchate on Tuesday.