Bp. Hilarion watch: appointed to head Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Relations

Read about it here. Or not, in which case here’s a summary, courtesy one Nina Tkachuk Dimas:

By decision of the MP Holy Synod on 3/31/09 +Hilarion Alfeyev is appointed bp. of Volokalamsk, vicar to the Patriarch of Moscow.  +Hilarion is appointed head of the Dept. of External Relations and permanent member of the Holy Synod.  …..  +Mark of Yegoryevsk will temporarily oversee the Vienna, Austria/Hungary eparchy.

Many years! (Although, too bad for Western Europe.)

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