The majority of fourth graders’ parents of Moscow region schools choose the “Fundamentals of Orthodox Culture” course for their children.
“When students start fourth grade their parents write a statement choosing a subject for them: ‘The Fundamentals of Secular Ethics’ or ‘The Fundamentals of Religious Knowledge.’ Over eighty percent in our region choose ‘The Fundamentals of Religious Knowledge,’” the Minister of Education of the Moscow region Marina Zakharova reported to journalists on Wednesday.
On October 4, 2016, Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations (DECR), met with Mr. Jean-Paul Chevenement, head of the Foundation for Islam in France and Special Representative of the French government to Russia for economic relations.
On October 3, 2016, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met with the diplomatic counsellor to the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Order’s secretary-general for international relations, Stefano Ronca, at the Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate Studies (CMI).
Regular Sunday services for deaf and hearing-impaired people have commenced at the lower Church of Sts. Andrew and Vladimir of the Resurrection Cathedral [which has been under construction since 2007] of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Kiev. The first Divine Liturgy with sign language translations was celebrated there on October 2 and headed by Bishop Varsonofy of Borodyanka.
On the afternoon of Friday, the 17th/30th of September 2016, the Ukrainian President, Mr Petro Poroshenko, accompanied by his country’s delegation to the funeral of former Israeli President, Shimon Peres, visited the Patriarchate.