Envoys of the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches have erected a monumental statue of Christ on top of the Cherubim Mountain in the Syrian city of Saidnaya. The statue symbolizes hope and peace.
On 14 October 2013, the feast day of the Intercession of the Mother of God, an icon of St Innocent of Irkutsk, the heavenly patron of the Orthodox Church in China, was presented to the Orthodox parish of Ss Peter and Paul in Hong Kong with the blessing of Metropolitan Vadim of Irkutsk and Angarsk.
A seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” took place in the capital of Russia on 11 March 2013. Taking part in the seminar were representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, World Council of Churches, Evangelical Church in Germany, the National Council of Churches in Korea, Protestant communities of Russia, as well as scholars, cultural figures, and foreign guests.
On Saturday, 11 October 2013 the Pan-Orthodox Holy Hiearchal Liturgy in Trier, Germany, on the occasion of the 1700 years of issuing of the Edict of Tolerance in 313 by Constantine the Great, who had his seat in this town during one whole decade.
In this Pan-Orthodox gathering Orthodox Bishops, members of the Conference of the Orthodox Bishops of Germany and other Bishops from other countries, participated. Metropolitan of Germany and Exarch for Central Europe His Eminence Augustin, who is also the president of the Episcopal Conference, officiated the Divine Liturgy in the Basilica of Saint Constantine. Great number of priests of various nationalities, as well as many believers who came from all parts of Germany, attended this magnificent and unique event.
The paperback also includes maps of the Holy Land and Jerusalem in the 1th century AD and a short dictionary of Biblical terms, reports Patriarchia.ru.
Work on translation was carried out by a collective that included: senior researcher of the Lexicology and Lexicography Department of the Language, Literature and Arts institute of the Dagestani scientific center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, doctoral candidate in Linguistics Hizri Yusupov, and a leading specialist on the Caucasus, expert in the typology and comparative historical grammar of the languages of Dagestan, Deputy Director of the Institute of Linguistics (RAS), doctor of philology M.E. Alexeyev.
Francis receives the Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch, His Beatitude John X Yazigi in audience
During his visit, the Patriarch will also meet Cardinals Bertone, Sandri and Koch. On Sunday 29 September he will attend Pope Francis' mass in St. Peter's Square.