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DECR chairman meets with His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch

DECR chairman meets with His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch
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5 March 2022 year 10:40

On March 4, 2022, His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East, received in audience at the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk who came on a visit to Syria with a blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

Metropolitan Hilarion conveyed warm greetings to the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Antioch from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and a pectoral icon, a gift from His Holiness.

During a prolonged meeting, which was held in an atmosphere of cordiality and mutual understanding, they discussed various aspects of the bilateral relations between the Orthodox Church of Antioch and the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as other matters of mutual concern.

In particular, His Beatitude Patriarch John pointed to the great importance of the work of the Children’s Rehabilitation and Prosthesis Center under the Damascus Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church as very important not only for the Church of Antioch but also for the whole Syrian people regardless of their faith. His Beatitude invoked God’s blessing upon the forthcoming work of this establishment, which is planned to open in a solemn ceremony on Sunday, the 6th of March.

They were joined in their talk by Patriarchal auxiliary bishops - Moussa of Daraya, Gregorios of Emirates, Arsanios of Hierapolis, Mousa of Larissa.

Among the participants in the meeting were also Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, DECR vice-chairman; Hegumen Arseniy (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarchal See of Antioch; Rev. Alexander Karzan, secretary to the DECR chairman; I. A. Parfenov, deputy general director of the Poznanie (Knowledge) Charitable Foundation; Dr Jihad Mouhammad Haddad, chief physician of the Children’s Rehabilitation and Prosthesis Center under the Damascus Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church; Mr. Hasan Raya, the Center administrator; and Mr. Vyacheslav Li, an adviser to the DECR chairman.

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

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