“Fundamentals of Orthodoxy” taught to over eighty percent of school students in Moscow region

The majority of fourth graders’ parents of Moscow region schools choose the “Fundamentals of Orthodox Culture” course for their children.

“When students start fourth grade their parents write a statement choosing a subject for them: ‘The Fundamentals of Secular Ethics’ or ‘The Fundamentals of Religious Knowledge.’ Over eighty percent in our region choose ‘The Fundamentals of Religious Knowledge,’” the Minister of Education of the Moscow region Marina Zakharova reported to journalists on Wednesday.

DECR vice-chairman meets with Special Representative of the French government

DECR vice-chairman meets with Special Representative of the French government
DECR vice-chairman meets with Special Representative of the French government
DECR vice-chairman meets with Special Representative of the French government
DECR vice-chairman meets with Special Representative of the French government

On October 4, 2016, Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations (DECR), met with Mr. Jean-Paul Chevenement, head of the Foundation for Islam in France and Special Representative of the French government to Russia for economic relations.

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with the Order of Malta Secretary-General for International Relations

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with the Order of Malta Secretary-General for International Relations
Metropolitan Hilarion meets with the Order of Malta Secretary-General for International Relations
Metropolitan Hilarion meets with the Order of Malta Secretary-General for International Relations
Metropolitan Hilarion meets with the Order of Malta Secretary-General for International Relations

On October 3, 2016, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met with the diplomatic counsellor to the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Order’s secretary-general for international relations, Stefano Ronca, at the Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate Studies (CMI).

Regular services with sign language translation commence at UOC-MP cathedral

Regular Sunday services for deaf and hearing-impaired people have commenced at the lower Church of Sts. Andrew and Vladimir of the Resurrection Cathedral [which has been under construction since 2007] of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Kiev. The first Divine Liturgy with sign language translations was celebrated there on October 2 and headed by Bishop Varsonofy of Borodyanka.

The President of Ukraine visits the Jerusalem Patriarchate

The President of Ukraine visits the Jerusalem Patriarchate
The President of Ukraine visits the Jerusalem Patriarchate
The President of Ukraine visits the Jerusalem Patriarchate
The President of Ukraine visits the Jerusalem Patriarchate

On the afternoon of Friday, the 17th/30th of September 2016, the Ukrainian President, Mr Petro Poroshenko, accompanied by his country’s delegation to the funeral of former Israeli President, Shimon Peres, visited the Patriarchate.