On 28 May 2012, the Council of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS) held its regular session under the chairmanship of Sergei Stepashin, the chairman of the IOPS and the head of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.
28 May 2012 marked the twentieth anniversary of the Episcopal Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC). The Council that was held in Kharkov elected His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir the UOC Primate. By the decision of the UOC Holy Synod, an international conference “The Ukrainian Orthodox Church at the Turn of the Millennium” sponsored by the Kievan Theological Academy was held at the Ukrainian House in Kiev under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Vladimir.
On 28 May 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), made a working trip to Ukraine with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
Published is the book “Rites of the Orthodox Church” by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. It is a new joint project of the Publishing House of the Moscow Patriarchate and the EKSMO Publishing House.
On May 18,Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and Metropolitan Vikenty of Tashkent and Central Asia met with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rakhmon
Working group set up for discussing issues of strengthening church unity holds its session on the eve of celebrating 5th anniversary of the Act of Canonical Communion
On 14 May 2012, the Lithuanian version of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s book Freedom and Responsibility: In Search of Harmony. Human Rights and Personal Dignity was presented at Seimas Palace of the Republic of Lithuania.
On May 13, they celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the cathedral church of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius. They were assisted by the brethren of the monastery. Among the worshippers was the head of the Russian diplomatic mission in Lithuania.
“Dialogue: Church, Society, State” photo exhibition opened at the Gallery of Classical Photography in Moscow on 9 November 2011. The viewers can be introduced to the primatial ministry of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia by looking at 150 photos presented by the press office of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church and the photobank of RIA ‘Novosti’.
During the liturgy Patriarch Kirill led the bishops in consecrating Archimandrite Guriy (Fedorov) as Bishop Aresenyev and Dalnegorsk.
Metropolitan Hilarion met with the members of the Academic Board, faculty and students of the Academy.
The high-level meeting on Preventing and Responding to Hate Incidents and Crimes against Christians took place on September 12, 2011, in Rome. It has become one of the first issue events to be held by the OSCE on the problem of Christanophobia.
The Primates and hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem and the Church of Cyprus met in Istanbul on 1-3 September 2011. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) commented on the meeting results in his interview to ‘Izvestia’ newspaper. The interview was published on 7 September 2011.
On 4 September 2011, commemoration day of the Synaxis of Moscow Saints, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, celebrated Divine Liturgy at the Church of ‘Joy to All the Afflicted’ icon of the Mother of God, Bolshaya Ordynka street, Moscow.
In an interview in the Serbian newspaper Politika published on 31 August 2011 with the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk questions of inter-Orthodox and inter-Christian relations, the topic of the Church’s witness to the contemporary world and the situation in the region of Kosovo were touched upon