The Ecumenical Patriarchate expresses profound sorrow as the world has rushed into a confusing and volatile time of religious protests turning violent, and a grievous lack of consideration for religious differences. When we act disrespectfully and violently in the name of our religious prejudices or our religious beliefs we are undermining our own lives and faith, while creating an atmosphere of anger, hatred, and distrust which unravels the very thread that has woven humanity together since our creation.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), currently on pilgrimage to the Holy Mount Athos, visited the Russian monastery of St. Panteleimon. On 11 October 2012, the commemoration day of St. Chariton the Confessor, and Ss Cyril and Maria of Radonezh, he officiated at the Divine Liturgy in the Church of St. Panteleimon. Concelebrating were Archbishop Feognost of Sergiev Posad, head of the Synodal Department for Monasteries; hieromonk Makarios, father confessor of St. Panteleimon’s monastery; Rev. Kirill Tatarka, secretary of the Hungarian diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, and hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), a DECR staff member.
On Thursday, October 11, 2012, at the invitation of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited Rome, where he addressed the crowds in St. Peter's Square and delivered a message on the occasion of the 50th anniversary since the opening of the 2nd Vatican Council.
On 9 October 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, arrived in the Holy Mountain of Athos, leading a group of pilgrims. The pilgrims group also includes Archbishop Feognost of Sergiev Posad, chairman of the Synodal Department for Monasteries; Bishop Feofilakt of Dmitrov; Rev. Kirill Tatarka, secretary of the Hangarian diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church; DECR staff members hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), hierodeacon Ioann (Kopeikin) and Anatoly Churyakov; and several laymen from Russia and Great Britain.
Patriarch Kirill celebrates Divine Liturgy at St. Sergius’s Monastery on the Day of St. Sergius of Radonezh’s Demise12. October 2012 - 8:42
On October 8, 2012, the Day of the Demise of St. Sergius of Radonezh, the Miracle-Worker of All Russia (1392), His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, assisted by a great assembly of bishops and priests, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Dormition in St. Sergius’s Laura of the Holy Trinity.
On October 3, 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, received the new Russian ambassador to Serbia, Mr. A. Chepurin.
On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the DECR chairman presented Mr. Chepurin with a letter of commendation in recognition of his services for the good of the Church of Christ and on the occasion of this 60th birthday.
In the course of their talk held in a friendly atmosphere, they discussed various problems involved in Russian-Serbian relations.