Moscow Synodal Choir on tour to Moravia

The Moscow Synodal Choir was on tour to Moravia in the end of November. The tour was organized by the Elizabeth and Sergius Educational Society, the Foundation for the Revival of the Moscow Synodal Choir and the Czech advertising agency SNIP&CO with the support of the South Moravia and Zlin administrations, the Russian general consulate in Brno and the Znojmo City Council. This event became part of the Russian Culture festival in the Czech Republic and was dated to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ and the 1150th anniversary of the coming of Ss Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia.

President orders to celebrate anniversary of Mharsky Monastery

Decree of the President of Ukraine “On Measures to Celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Mharsky Monastery” has been signed to support the initiative of the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Volodymyr, the President’s press service reports.

Under the Decree, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine together with Poltava RSA must elaborate the issue on the implementation of measures on preservation, repair, restoration and rehabilitation of buildings and objects located on the territory of Mharsky monastery in the course of 2014-2019.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill receives Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family

On 26 November 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia received Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family. They were joined in the meeting, which took place at Danilovskaya hotel, by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, and Prof. Adriano Roccucci, general secretary of the Community of Sant’Egidio.

Russian Patriarch Kirill opens International Conference on Modern Bible Studies and the Tradition of the Church

On 26 November 2013, a scholarly theological conference of the Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission on Modern Bible Studies and the Tradition of the Church began its work.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia opened the conference and welcomed the participants.

The Presidium of the conference consisted of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, chairman of the Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission and rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Post-Graduate Studies; Metropolitan Antony of Borispol and Brovary, chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and rector of the Kievan theological schools; Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture; Dr. Yefim Pivovar, rector of the Russian State Humanities University.

50th anniversary of Metropolitanate of Austria

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Metropolitanate of Austria His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch served the Holy Liturgy in Vienna

The central event of the pastoral visit of Patriarch Bartholomew to Austria was the jubilee – the 50th anniversary of the Greek Metropolitanate in Austria. The solemn Holy Liturgy, on the occasion of this significant jubilee, was served in the church of the Resurrection of Christ in the centre of Vienna.