On 9 October 2013, the commemoration day of St John the Theologian, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, chairman of the Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission, rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute for Post-Graduate and Doctoral Studies, led a solemn act at the St. Petersburg Theological Schools, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and at the invitation of Bishop Ambrose of Peterhof, rector of the St. Petersburg Theological Academy.
On 8 October 2013, the commemoration day of St Sergius of Radonezh, after the Divine Liturgy and a thanksgiving celebrated in the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St Sergius, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill met with the delegation of the Syrian hierarchs who attended the service.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who participates in the celebrations of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, visited on 4 October 2013 the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate of Belgrade.
The delegation of Patriarch Kirill consisted of: Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, director of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate; head of the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Moscow Bishop Antonije of Moravica, chairman of the Administrative department of the Moscow Patriarchate Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, as well as protopresbyters Nikolay Balashov and Igor Jakimchuk.
Yesterday, on October 6 2013, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, met yesterday in Podgorica. The Primates of two Churches are in Podgorica on the occasion of the consecration of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of God in Podgorica
Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Kirill discussed about issues of the Orthodox cooperation and relation between two Patriarchates. On behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church on the meeting there were President of the Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, protopresbyter Nikolay Balashov and protopresbyter Igor Jakimchuk, while on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the meeting there were Metropolitan Emanuel of France, Secretary General of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Archimandrite Bartholomew (Samaras) and archdeacon Maxim (Vgenopoulos).
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia along with the official delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church visited Rakovica Monastery in Belgrade yesterday, on 4 October 2013. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church served the memorial service at the tombs of Serbian Patriarchs Dimitrije and Pavle.