Hegumen Philip Riabykh

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Hegumen Philip, whose secular name is Yuri Anatolievich Riabykh, is Vice-Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR ) of the Moscow Patriarchate. He is a member of the Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church since July 2009.

After studies in Theology, he was tonsured in July 2009 at the Trinity Cathedral in Saint Sergius’s Monastery of the Trinity by Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk with the name in honour of St. Philip the Metropolitan of Moscow.

As Vice-chairman of the DECR since 2009, he is responsible for the Church’s dialogue with governmental bodies, civil society institutions in the far-abroad countries, governmental and non-governmental international organizations including organizations of compatriots, relations with non-Orthodox Christian confessions and interreligious relations.