On January 16, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, while on a working visit to Mexico, met with the Orthodox Church of Antioch’s hierarchs serving in Latin American countries.
On January 16, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met with the Catholic primate of Mexico, Archbishop Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico, at the archbishop’s private residence.
On January 16, 2014, during his visit to Mexico, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met with the head of the Mexican government, Mr. Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.
They discussed cooperation between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Roman Catholic Church in the Mixed Orthodox-Catholic Theological Commission and in the sphere of culture and students exchange.
That same day, Metropolitan Hilarion met with Alexander Tolkach, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Hungary. They discussed issues of cooperation between Russia and Hungary and the life of the Russian-speaking diaspora in Hungary.
On 16th December 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with Mr. László Kövér, speaker of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Hungary.
In the beginning of their talk, Metropolitan Hilarion underscored the importance of the new Constitution adopted by the Hungarian Parliament as it contains a mention of God, calls Hungary a part of Christian Europe and defines marriage as a union between man and woman.
Meeting Metropolitan Hilarion were Zoltan Challokeze, head of Mr. Semjén’s cabinet, Ms Martha Linke from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Valery Platonov, cultural attaché of the Russian embassy in Budapest.
Topical issues on the current international agenda were discussed.
Metropolitan Hilarion said that he had warm recollections of his visit to Croatia last August. He expressed his satisfaction with the results of the referendum held recently in Croatia as the majority spoke against the equation of same-sex unions with traditional marriages.