On Monday, April 30, a meeting was held in the Synodal residence of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, and the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for Institutions Abroad, Archbishop Antony of Vienna & Budapest. Also attending the meeting were Archbishop Mark of Berlin & Germany, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, and Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA.
The hierarchs discussed a number of issues, regarding cooperation between the diocesan structures of the Russian Church Abroad and the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in regions where they both work in caring for the spiritual needs of the Russian émigrés. They also expressed their mutual satisfaction of the brotherly interaction between the hierarchs and clergy of the two parts of the united Russian Orthodox Church. Metropolitan Hilarion asked that Archbishop Antony relay to His Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill, well-wishes and gratitude for his paternal attention to the needs of the Orthodox Diaspora.
Archbishop Antony presented Metropolitan Hilarion with a jeweled Paschal egg, and congratulated him with the ongoing joyful days of Pascha, as well as with the tenth anniversary of his service as First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad.