Metropolitan Hilarion: Constantinople encroaches on others’ property
During his visit to Hungary, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople stated that the Cathedral Church of the Russian Orthodox Church’s diocese of Budapest and Hungary - the Cathedral of the Dormition in Budapest, “during the sad and hazy days of the Communist regime, because of the shady and perfidious machinations and unbearable pressure of the Soviet power, was forcibly purloined and wholly unlawfully and uncanonically subjected to the Moscow Patriarchate, which to this day continues to possess it sacrilegiously”. At a request of the RIA Novosti news agency, the head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk commented on this statement speaking about the past and present of the church.
G20 Interfaith Forum concludes in Italy
On September 14, 2021, the G20 Interfaith Forum on the theme “Time to Heal: Peace among Cultures, Understanding between Religions” has completed its work in Bologna, Italy.
DECR vice-chairman calls at the G20 Interfaith Forum to protect Christians in Africa against genocide
September 13, 2021, the second day of the work of the G20 Interfaith Forum in Bologna, Italy, was devoted to the theme “The time for healing: peace among cultures, understanding between religions”.
On September 5, in the historical center of Montenegro – Cetinje – Metropolitan Joanikije was installed as Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral. He had been elected by the Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in place of the late Metropolitan Amfilohije. Radical forces supported by Milo Đukanović, the President of the country, who had been known for his unrelenting opposition to the canonical Church, tried to prevent the celebration of this occasion in Cetinje. In response to the accusations of the attempt to excite unrest, Đukanović said: “We have become witnesses to profound disgrace of the Serbian Orthodox Church that has unprecedentedly shamed the long history of the state of Montenegro, as well as the history of Orthodoxy as a whole.”
A Russian version of the book by a hierarch of the Church of Cyprus on the Ukrainian church issue has come out
On September 12, 2021, festivities took place in Milan timed to the 800th anniversary of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky’s birthday. The festive Liturgy was celebrated on that day at the Parish of St. Ambrose of Milan by the Patriarchal Exarch for Western Europe, Metropolitan Anthony of Chersonesus and Western Europe, and Metropolitan Augustine of Belaya Tserkov and Boguslav.
The Last Dialogue of St. Macarius the Great is published in Russian for the first time
On 7th September an extraordinary session of the diocesan council of the Tulchyn diocese under the Ukrainian Orthodox Church took place in Tulchyn.
Students of Moscow higher education institutes - representatives of the Coptic community in Egypt visit Department for External Church Relations
On 4th September 2021 the archbishop of Volhynia and Lutsk Nathaniel consecrated the altar and celebrated the first Divine Liturgy in the Church of St. Nicholas in the village of Zvinyache (Lutsk region of the Volhynia area of Ukraine)
Supporters of the ‘Orthodox Church of Ukraine’ seize church building in the Vinnitsa region of Ukraine
Hegumen Arseny (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarchal See of Antioch, took part in the humanitarian action held jointly by the Damascus Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and the Russian National Veteran Organization ‘Combat Brotherhood’. School rucksacks with stationary, drinking water and medicines were brought to the ancient city of Bosra (Bosor in the Russian Synodal Bible) mentioned more than once in the Bible. Wheelchairs purchased with the funds donated by Canadian Orthodox benefactor of Russian origin Alexy Fiset were brought for those who were wounded during the conflict.
A children’s camp organized in Turkey with support of Russian Orthodox Church
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
The Church’s communication with the world external to her is a special but integral part of Orthodox mission. This ministry is not always the direct proclamation of the Word of God. However, it helps millions of people to see Orthodoxy from various viewpoints and also to come to feel the beauty and power of Orthodoxy.
Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate DECR – Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
The Department for External Church Relations (DECR) carries out an important service standing on the front lines of our Church, defending these boundaries and entering into dialogue with all well-wishers and not only well-wishers. Dialogue is necessary, in the first place, for the defense of our Church so that she may continue carrying out her salvific ministry.