Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, told the KP daily how he was received in Washington, how the church situation has changed under Zelensky and whether Russia needs building ‘three churches a day’. ---   Under Zelensky the faithful have been able to sigh with relief

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The Consul General of China in Istanbul made an official visit to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Wednesday. --  Cui Wei is the first Chinese official to visit the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and was briefed by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch on the activities of the Greek Orthodox metropolitan diocese of Hong Kong on spiritual and religious activities, including the latest news on the Orthodox Christians who live there.
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BOSTON – His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is expected to visit the United States in May of 2020, invited by the U.S. government and more specifically by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in order to speak at a conference about the protection of the Natural Environment.

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(Budapest, Hungary) Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday at a meeting with heads of Christian churches in the Middle East Russia was worried about a mass exodus of Christians from the Middle East and their plight in that region.

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October 30, 2019 – the Christian Inter-Confessional Consultative Committee is holding its 6th Plenary Session at the conference hall of President Hotel in Moscow under the theme ‘The Eternal Power of the Gospel and Its Significance for the Modern Society’. Among the attendees are representatives of Christian confessions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russian Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.
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BERUIT - Lebanon’s Maronite bishops, commending the unity of the Lebanese people amid a peaceful mass uprising demanding a new government, called for a “constructive spirit” following the resignation of the country’s prime minister. -  “The Lord is leading the ship of the homeland and we hope that this step will be the beginning of the solution,” Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch, said in response to the resignation of Saad Hariri.

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On October 30, 2019, following the invitation of His Excellency Mr. Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary and in his presence, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, at the Buda Castle in Budapest.

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President Salih got a phone call today from Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.  --  
Over the phone call, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin affirmed his support for Iraq. He
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On 23-25 October 2019 delegates of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union gathered in Brussels for the COMECE Autumn 2019 Assembly. The meeting was dedicated to post-EU elections challenges and, in particular, to ecological policies centered on persons, families and communities.

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The United Arab Emirates is partnering with UNESCO to rebuild two Catholic churches in Mosul that were destroyed in 2014 by the Islamic State. -  The initiative will help rebuild Al-Tahera Church and Al-Saa’a Church.

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Metropolitan Epiphanius of Kiev trusted that all Orthodox Churches would follow the canonical decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and would recognise the Orthodox Church of Ukraine as equal Sister Church. In addition, he received the “Patriarch Athenagoras” Human Rights Award in the US.

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(Peter Anderson) Yesterday (Thursday), the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate held an extraordinary session to respond to the decision made by the Holy Synod of the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece last Saturday relating to Ukraine. (link) At yesterday’s meeting, the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate adopted a detailed statement setting forth its position.

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(Peter Anderson) This morning the Holy Synod of the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece recognized the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU).  There is a brief English-languagearticle relating to this event. The official press release in Greek can be read here.  An English translation of the press release has been very promptly posted at this link.  The written recommendation of the primate, Archbishop Ieronymos,

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Metropolitan Epifaniy of the OCU expressed gratitude OCU on his Facebook page to the Primate of the Church of Greece, His Beatitude Archbishop Hieronymos and all the Greek hierarchs for recognizing the autocephaly of the OCU.    ---   “I express gratitude to my brother in Christ and the Head of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, His Beatitude Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Hieronymos, and fellow bishops who at the session of the Council of Bishops supported....   read more
 
Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) Epifaniy (Epiphanius) says the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece has decided to recognize the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/10717875-greek-church-recognizes-autocephaly-of-ukrainian-orthodox-church.html
 
DDuring our meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew, we stated that for our Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church the Ecumenical Patriarchate is the Mother Church. And so communication, dialogue with His Holiness Bartholomew is very important to us. As well as for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav, said this in the Open Church program. The interlocutor of the Head of the UGCC was the editor-in-chief of LB.ua Oleh Bazar.
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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, is traveling from the Vatican to New York to serve as the Head of Delegation for the Holy See for the General Debate of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
 
From 25 to 29 September, Cape Town will host an international youth pilgrimage of trust, organized by the France-based Taizé community. Sarah-Leah Pimentel writes about the healing potential of this event that brings together young people of different faiths and cultures, especially after the violence in South Africa over the last few weeks.

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Archbishop Elpidophoros of America today convened the first ever Monastic Assembly in the United States to promote the value and importance of monasticism in our Orthodox Christian tradition and the spiritual life of the faithful. The abbots and abbesses of 18 monasteries are attending the Assembly, which is taking place at the Holy Monastery of Saint Nektarios in Roscoe, NY.‬
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“Unfortunately, today we are witnessing an escalation of violence hidden behind religious slogans.” This is the alarm launched in Madrid by Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, of the Patriarchate of Moscow. But “the transfiguration of the surrounding world begins with the transfiguration of the inner world of man,” he added, speaking yesterday in Madrid to the audience of “Peace without borders,” gathering more than 300 leaders and representatives of all world religions, coming from 60 countries.
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The international meeting promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio, in the “Spirit of Assisi”, opened yesterday in Madrid. The Message of Pope Francis: “If one seeks the good of peoples and the world, it is foolish to close spaces, to separate peoples, or, worse still, to fight against each other, to deny hospitality to those in need.” “Peace has no borders. Always, without exception.”  read more
 
LONDON: Britain will have a new envoy dedicated to overseeing efforts to bring faith communities together and promote religious tolerance, international media reported 0.
 
On September 15, 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), who is on a visit to Madrid with a blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, met with President of the Italian Episcopal Conference Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia.
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Following the celebration of the new ecclesiastical year and the commemoration of the Indiction, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew announced his plans to convene a fourth international Forum on Modern Slavery. The fourth Forum will bring together scholars, artists and experts in material culture for an exploration of the various media  

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I urge all of us to find our own personal place in God's plan for Ukraine and the world, and to find our part in establishing God's Wisdom in the modern world. The Father and Head of the UGCC emphasized this during his sermon to the faithful on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Rome. This year, the UGCC celebrates the 50th anniversary of the consecration of this temple, which was built by Patriarch Josyf Slipyj.
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On 28th August 2019, Feast Day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, participants in the Summer Institute for representatives of the Roman Catholic Church attended the Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the Dormition Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin.
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Once again we want to express our sincere will to continue the dialogue and the desire for even deeper reconciliation between our Churches. We trust that our Churches will soon be able to proclaim the Polish Pope as the patron of our reconciliation – we read in
 
By Romfea.news  -- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent a message on the 30th anniversary since the establishment of the Feast of Indiction, that it the beginning of a new ecclesiastical year, as the “Day of Protection of the Environment.”

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If the oldest Church in Ukraine - Saint Sophia in Kyiv - is open for worship services, no Church should not get the exclusive right for it.  --  read moreThe head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav has said about it in an interview for Tsenzor.NET, the Ukrainian news portal.

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