In the Russian Orthodox Church will rejoice over the resumption of worship after the restoration of the Orthodox monastery of Sumela in Turkey, although to bless the faithful pilgrimage to the ancient abode will be possible only after the restoration of Eucharistic communion with Constantinople, said RIA Novosti Deputy head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.
This week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country protects the cultural heritage of Christianity, citing as example the restoration of one of the world's oldest Orthodox monasteries of Panagia Sumela in Trabzon province in northeast Turkey. Patriarch Bartholomew thanked on the phone to Erdogan for the restoration of the monastery, which was due to open after restoration.
The head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said he was ready to become one of participants of the Russian vaccine against coronavirus.
The TV channel "Russia 24" the anchorwoman asked Metropolitan Hilarion that he would agree to become one of the pioneers who will test on itself a new vaccine.
The decision of the Turkish authorities on the conversion of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul from a Museum into a mosque was a blow to the world Orthodoxy, head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
"It's a blow to the entire world to Orthodoxy, because for all Orthodox Christians throughout the world, the Hagia Sophia is such a symbol, like the Catholic St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, so it is with great regret that decision," said Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) in the broadcast channel "Russia 1".
The decision of Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan about the transformation of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque is able to "influence the course of history" and does not serve the promotion of peace and interfaith harmony, said Deputy head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.
Turkey's President on Friday signed a decree on awarding the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to the status of the mosque. Before that, the state Council of Turkey annulled the decision of 1934 about the Museum the status of a Cathedral.
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is an integral part of Orthodox history and culture, and there is hope for statesmanship of a Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan as the transformation of the Cathedral-Museum into a mosque threatens consequences, said on Thursday, RIA Novosti Deputy head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.
The Supreme administrative court of Turkey, the state Council on Thursday considered the question of changing the status of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. The state Council believes that to change the status of the Cathedral is the presidential decree, reported by the Greek TV ERT. The decision will be announced within 15 days.
Patriarch Irinej of Serbia on the day of the Holy Trinity held a festive divine service at Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade, said the press service of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate (DECR).
"June 8, 2020, the day the Holy spirit, the metochion of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade (Serbia) celebrated the patronal feast of their temple. A festive Liturgy on this day made a representation of his Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia. His Holiness concelebrated with the rector of the metochion Archpriest Vitaly Tarasyev and the clergy of Belgrade," the report says.
Any attempt to change the current status of the Hagia Sophia would lead to disruption in Turkey, the sectarian balance, said the head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
Concerns for the preservation of the current status of the Museum of the ancient temple of St. Sophia, built in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in the first half of the VI century, many observers have called the recent events, when on may 29, Muslim leaders was read in the temple the Koran.
"The Swedish model" response to the pandemic coronavirus was shown to be ineffective because of sharply increased mortality in this country and has confirmed the correctness of the Christian position that other people's lives more important than their own well-being, the head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
The government of Sweden, unlike many other countries, did not impose a strict lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus in the country continued to operate kindergartens, primary schools, restaurants and fitness centers. To date, the number of people infected in Sweden has reached almost 43 thousand people, the number of deaths exceeded 4.6 thousand.
The Moscow Patriarchate welcomed the appointment of new Apostolic Nuncio (the Vatican Ambassador) to Russia, titular Archbishop Giovanni d Aniello, expressing confidence in the continuation of the Orthodox-Catholic cooperation "in an equally constructive way".
Earlier Pope Francis has appointed as Apostolic Nuncio in Russia, titular Archbishop Giovanni d Aniello. D Aniello is one of the most experienced diplomats of the Holy see.