Bishop Pitirim of Jakarta, a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, participated in an interfaith meeting in Singapore, as reported by the press service of the Patriarchal Exarchate of Southeast Asia.
The meeting was organized by the Singapore Inter-Religious Harmony Centre in collaboration with the Indian Muslim Social Service Association and the Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre. The theme of the event was "Rethinking Harmony: Daring Our Future Together." Participants discussed collaboration to strengthen friendship and good neighborly relations among the various religious communities present in Singapore.
The honorary guest of the reception was Alvin Tan, the Minister of State at the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Religious and community leaders, youth organization leaders, and representatives from the academic community were also in attendance.
Singapore is a multireligious country with Buddhism being the predominant religion, followed by 33.3% of the population. Christianity is practiced by 18.3%, Islam by 14.7%, and a small percentage adhere to Hinduism and Taoism.
The Russian Orthodox community emerged in Singapore in the late 1990s. In 2007, the Assumption Parish was established, and the Assumption Chapel was consecrated. In 2018, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church established the Patriarchal Exarchate in Southeast Asia with its center in Singapore, under the title of the episcopal hierarch "Metropolitan of Singapore and Southeast Asia." The Assumption Parish became the cathedral of the head of the exarchate and the Singaporean diocese. Currently, a new building for the Assumption Chapel and a spiritual enlightenment center are under construction in Singapore.