Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, expressed his condolences to H.E. Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Republic of Nigeria, upon terrorist attacks perpetrated on the campus of Bayero Christian University on 29 April 2012.
In the second part of the life of Elder Ilarion we follow him back to Russia, which was soon to be overtaken by the darkest times in its history. We see him giving spiritual guidance to a dispersed convent of nuns before and after their exile in Kazakhstan, and then learn of the elder’s part in the extraordinary story of the hiding of the head of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, ending with a moving account of the first Divine Liturgy at the Trinity St Sergius Monastery, which had been closed for 26 years.
Metropolitan Hilarion’s lecture on ‘An era of new martyrdom: discrimination against Christians in various parts of the world’
On February 20, 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the DECR and rector of the SS Cyril and Methodius Post-Graduate and Doctoral School, visited the Moscow theological schools to deliver the following lecture to the faculty and students:
On February 17, 2012, rememberrussia.ru published an interview with Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, in which he spoke about the church’s work to cooperate with and support expatriates living in far distant countries and about dialogue with international organizations concerning the persecution of Christians in various parts of the world.
Deacon Anastasios Bendo is the secretary of the Primate of the Albanian Orthodox Church, and works primarily as a translator and editor. In this interview he discusses the history of the Albanian Church, its current witness and struggles, and the nature of Christian marriage today.