Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Patriarch Ignatios of Antioch

On August 20, 2011, His Beatitude Ignatios IV, Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East, received in audience Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, who came to Syria for a working visit with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. In a warm and cordial talk, which took place at the Patriarchate of Antioch, they discussed the bilateral relations between the two Patriarchates and some topical problems concerning the life of Universal Orthodoxy.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on a visit to Patriarchate of Constantinople

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on a visit to Patriarchate of Constantinople
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on a visit to Patriarchate of Constantinople
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on a visit to Patriarchate of Constantinople
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on a visit to Patriarchate of Constantinople

On August 20, 20011, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, arrived in Istanbul. He was met at the airport by Russian Consul General A. Yerkhov and representatives of the Church of Constantinople. On the same day, the DECR chairman met with His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem

On August 25, 2011, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem, received Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, who came to the Holy Land for a working visit with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Metropolitan Hilarion conveyed to His Beatitude words of greetings and support from the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church and thanked him for the attention he gave to pilgrims who come in a great number to the Holy Land from the Moscow Patriarchate.

Optional course of elementary Orthodoxy to be introduced in 650 daycare centers of Moscow region

Optional classes on elementary Orthodoxy will be introduced in children's day care centers of the Moscow region, the Minister of Education Lidiya Antonova said at a Moscow regional teachers' forum.

"In 2011-2012, we introduce a new course on Orthodox Culture in young children's care system. New resource and reference materials will be released by September 1," Lidiya Antonova said.

Poland’s Holy Hill of Grabarka draws Orthodox Christian pilgrims

Poland’s Holy Hill of Grabarka draws Orthodox Christian pilgrims
Poland’s Holy Hill of Grabarka draws Orthodox Christian pilgrims
Poland’s Holy Hill of Grabarka draws Orthodox Christian pilgrims
Poland’s Holy Hill of Grabarka draws Orthodox Christian pilgrims

Some 15,000 Orthodox Christian pilgrims carried crosses, drank holy water and prayed on Friday at a hill in eastern Poland they believe to be sacred in a colourful celebration of their faith and identity in the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country.