15th Russian-German Forum of Civil Societies “Petersburg Dialogue”

The 15th Russian-German Forum of Civil Societies “Petersburg Dialogue” was held on July 14-15, 2016, in St. Petersburg, under the theme “Russia and Germany in Face of Global Challenges”.

Participating in the event were representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, including Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), vice-chairman of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR) and cochairman of the Churches in Europe working group; Archpriest Sergiy Zvonarev, DECR secretary for the far-abroad; Hieromonk Ioann Kopeikin, pro-rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate Studies; Archpriest Constantine Golovatsky, head of the St. Petersburg diocesan youth department; Rev. Antony Borisov, pro-rector of Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary; Rev. Iliya Kosykh, head of the DECR Communication Service; V. Kipshidze, deputy head of the Department for Church-Society and Mass Media Relations; S. Ochkanov, DECR secretariat for the far-abroad; and F. Champion, DECR secretariat for inter-Christian relations.

Victims of the terror act commemorated at St. Nicholas’s in Nice

On July 17, 2016, Bishop Nestor of Chersonese, who came to Nice in connection with the tragic events, which took place in the city on the night of July 15, celebrated the Sunday Divine Liturgy and after it a requiem service for the victims of the barbaric terrorist act committed in the city.

More Than 2000 Young People Expected To Participate In The International Orthodox Youth Meeting In Bucharest

More than 2,000 Orthodox people from all over the world are expected to participate in the International Orthodox Youth Meeting. The event organised by the Archdiocese of Bucharest in collaboration with the Romanian Patriarchate will be hosted in Bucharest city.

Given the fact that the year 2016 was declared by the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church as the Solemn year of the religious education of the Christian Orthodox Youth, with the blessing of His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, the International Orthodox Youth Meeting will take place in Bucharest (1-4 September 2016).

Serbian ambassador visits Department for External Church Relations

On July 13, 2016, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations (DECR), met with the Serbian Ambassador to Russia S. Terzic. Present at the meeting was A. Khoshev, DECR secretariat for inter-Orthodox relations.

Fourteenth-century church to be restored in the Crimea

The Minister of Culture of the Crimea Arina Novoselskaya has said she will take the restoration of the fourteenth-century Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in the village of Kudrino of the Crimea’s Bakhchysarai region under her control, reports Interfax-Religion with reference to the press service of the regional Ministry of Culture.