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By Emilios Polygenis
Archbishop Ieronymos and the members of the Standing Holy Synod warmly welcomed the Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations (DECR).
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, who has been in Greece for a few days, visited the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece on Wednesday, June 26.
Metropolitan Hilarion reportedly discussed with the Archbishop and hierarchs various church issues including the Ukrainian issue.
There was a cordial meeting and an exchange of views on the issues, where both parts underlined the importance of the unity of the Orthodox Church.
Speaking at Romfea.gr, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk stressed that “our meeting was short, but took place in a very warm and heartfelt atmosphere. I conveyed to His Beatitude the wishes of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The Archbishop, for his part, wished the Patriarch of Moscow health and to have the help of God in his ministry.”
He also added that “we discussed various issues of mutual interest, and for my part I stressed the warm desire of the Church of Russia and its willingness to preserve and strengthen the Pan-Orthodox unity. We love the Greek people, we have a common Orthodox faith, and we are members of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. That is why we are called to contribute with all our might to work for its unity.”
“At our meeting two Synodic Archpriests were also present, Metropolitan Nicholas of Mesogaia and Metropolitan David of Grevena. After the meeting, I also had the pleasure of saluting the rest of the Synodic Hierarchs,” Metropolitan Hilarion said.