On 17th December 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for Promoting Christian Unity (DECR), met with Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
They discussed cooperation between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Roman Catholic Church in the Mixed Orthodox-Catholic Theological Commission and in the sphere of culture and students exchange.
Taking part in the meeting were archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), DECR vice-chairman; Rev. Alexy Dikarev of the DECR secretariat for inter-Christian relations; Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation; Archbishop Paolo Pezzi, ordinary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow; and Rev. Hyacinthe Destivelle of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.