President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity visits the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius16. March 2011 - 9:40
On 15 March 2011, Kurt Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, currently on his first official visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, visited the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St, Sergius and the Moscow Theological Academy. His Eminence was accompanied by Rev. Milan Zust, a staff member of the PCPCU, and deacon Alexy Dikarev, a staff member of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations.
With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Longin of Nova Gracanica-Midwestern America after several attempts we made the contact with the Orthodox Church in Japan. Metropolitan Danilo, the head of the Japanese Orthodox Church and the priesthood were very touched by the care of the Serbian Orthodox Church and our people towards Japanese brothers and sisters who sisters who undergo tough temptations.
Human civilization will further successfully develop if people are able to limit themselves, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes.
"Everything that happens today with climate, with people proves that we don't develop correctly. I am aware that what I say now contradicts to what you say in Davos," the Patriarch said at a meeting with participants in the Global Leaders Group of the World Economic Forum on Saturday in Moscow.
On Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 13, 2011, His Eminence Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy and Malta of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of St. George the Great Martyr in Venice. After the Liturgy there was a procession around the church in honor of the victory of the Orthodoxy over iconoclasts.
On March 10, 2011, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's department for external church relations, visited the residence of the US Ambassador in Moscow to meet with US Vice-President Joseph Biden who has come to Russia for a working visit. Metropolitan Hilarion was accompanied by Archimandrite Zacchaeus (Wood), representative of the Orthodox Church in America to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.