The message was read out by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations.
The event was attended by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church was welcomed by Russia’s minister of foreign affairs Sergey Lavrov.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent the following Easter greeting to the heads of non-Orthodox Churches: Pope Francis, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Garegin II of All Armenians, Patriarch Tawadros II of the Coptic Church; Patriarch Aphrem II of the Syriac Church, and many others
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, greeted Pope Francis; Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Garegin II of All Armenians; Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury; Bishop Dr. Heinrich Bedford-Strom, chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, and heads of other non-Orthodox…
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church expressed condolences over the terrorist attacks in Egypt, in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria.
Over thirty people fell victim to the terrorist attacks.
On 4-5 April, 2017, the Churches in Europe working group of the Russian-German forum ‘St. Petersburg Dialogue’ met for its regular session in St. Petersburg. The meeting was devoted to the theme ‘Religious and Ethical Formation and Education in Today’s Russian and German Societies’.
On 3 April 2017, the Patriarch of the Maronite Church, Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, received in his residence in Bkerké, Lebanon, a delegation of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society led by Mr. Sergei Stepashin.
Discussed at the meeting was the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Academic cooperation between theological educational institutions of the Moscow Patriarchate and the educational centers in Germany was also discussed.
On 22 March 2017, an official ceremony marking the completion of restoration works within the Edicule took place at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.