On 9 November 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), currently on a visit to Lebanon with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, visited the Monastery of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Balamand, where he was received by His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of the Great Antioch and All the East.
On 9 November 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), arrived in Lebanon with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to take part in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of consecration of Archbishop Nifon of Philippopolis, representative of the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
On 28th October 2013, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa officiated at the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Church of the Annunciation of the Theotokos in Alexandria. He also presided over the Doxology immediately thereafter for the National Anniversary and the memorial prayers for those Egyptians fighters who fell during the national epic of the year 1940.
Making his first appearance at these events was His Excellency the Governor of Alexandria, General Tarek El Mahdy, to whom His Beatitude expressed his gratitude for his presence and trust in the enormous efforts he has undertaken to reform Alexandria. Also present were the Honourable Consul General of Greece in Alexandria Mr. Christos Kapodistrias, the Registrar of the Educational Institutes of the Hellenic Community of Alexandria Mr. Paris Makris, the Chairman of the Cypriot Brotherhood Mr. Haralambos Haralambides, Chairman of Societies and Officials of the city, teachers and pupils of the Hellenic Schools and other dignitaries.
On Monday, the 15th/28th October 2013, at 10:30 am, Doxology was held in the All-Holy Church of the Resurrection on the occasion of the national holiday commemorating the 28th of October 1940.
Following his visit to the Holy Mountain of Athos, His All-Holiness visited the Holy Metropolises referred to collectively as the New Lands in Northern Greece from October 19-27, 2013. The administration of these provinces was officially entrusted to the Church of Greece by a Patriarchal and Synodal Act of September 4, 1928.
October 30, 2013 – the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches began its work at the Bexco convention center in Busan. The delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church is led by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Church Relations.