Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria arrives in Russia

Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria arrives in Russia

On 24 July 2012, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, arrived at the Patriarchal and Synodal Spiritual, Administrative and Cultural Centre of the Russian Orthodox Church in the south of Russia at the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
At the Centre, the Primates of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria and Russian Orthodox Church will hold a number of working meetings and discuss various issues of mutual relations and Pan-Orthodox cooperation.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill greeted His Beatitude Patriarch Theodoros II and noted that he was very glad to meet the Primate of the ancient See of Alexandria and that he looked forward to the upcoming fraternal talks. “Your visit will give us an opportunity to share our opinions on various issues on the agenda of the Orthodox Churches. Recalling my visit to the Church of Alexandria, I will always remember how cordially I was received on the African continent. Welcome, dear brother!”, – said His Holiness Patriarch Kirill.

Patriarch Kirill receives Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti

Patriarch Kirill receives Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti
Patriarch Kirill receives Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti
Patriarch Kirill receives Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti
Patriarch Kirill receives Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti

On July 22, 2012, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti at the official Patriarchal and Synodal Residence at the St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow. Mr Monti is on his first official visit to the Russian Federation.

Diocese of Australia and New Zealand of the Russian Church Outside Russia opens an Orthodox mission in Pakistan

The Russian Church Outside Russian has opened a mission in Pakistan. Consisting of 175 people, ‘the community is rapidly developing and attracting attention of those who are interested and who seek the faith of Christ in Pakistan’, stated the message of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Outside Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of East America and New York, published on the Church’s official website.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill visits Katyn Memorial

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill visits Katyn Memorial

On 15 July 2012, after celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the memorial Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Katyn, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited the Katyn memorial.The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church officiated at the memorial service at the Alley of Memory, praying for all those innocent people who had been shot to death in Katyn.

The Alley of Memory unites the Russian and the Polish parts of the memorial complex. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill visited them after the service and laid flowers to the memorials.

Metropolitan Hilarion receives the highest distinction of the Royal House of Georgia

Metropolitan Hilarion receives the highest distinction of the Royal House of Georgia
Metropolitan Hilarion receives the highest distinction of the Royal House of Georgia
Metropolitan Hilarion receives the highest distinction of the Royal House of Georgia
Metropolitan Hilarion receives the highest distinction of the Royal House of Georgia

The Heir to the throne of Georgia and the head of the oldest Orthodox royal dinasty in the world, His Royal Highness Prince Davit Bagrationi-Moukhraneli Batonshvilli of Georgia bestowed upon His Eminence Metropolitan of East America and New York, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and Archbishop  of Australia-New Zealand kyr kyr Hilarion,  the highest distinction of the eminent dinasty - the Royal order of the Eagle of Georgia.