On March 4, 2019, a round-table conference took place at the Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate Studies (CMI) on Peace-making Role of Christians in the Global and Regions Conflicts Today, organized by the CMI and the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations (DECR).
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, DECR chairman and CMI rector, in his remarks, underscored the importance of peace-making service. “This mission is especially relevant in our days since the surrounding world is full of enmity and divisions.” According to mospat.ru, the Metropolitan noted that “the advocacy of the Gospel’s ideals of peace brings forth its good fruits today too.”
Regarding today’s joint activity of Christians, Metropolitan Hilarion spoke of the projects for aid to persecuted Christians in the Middle East and Syrian children who suffered as a result of armed actions. “It is quite evident that today no country can on its own help restore Syria and resolve the situation in the Middle East’, he said speaking on the cooperation with, among others, the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. Therefore, the Moscow Patriarchate calls upon the world community and Christian confessions to unite their efforts for this work.”