The newly elected Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill met a delegation of the People's Republic of China led by Ye Xiaowen, head of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, who is well-known for his anti-Vatican attacks.
The meeting took place on 2 February but was reported only yesterday on the Orthodoxy in China website. Kirill thanked Ye for the visit which took place "on the day of my enthronement", he said. As a matter of fact, it occurred a day earlier.
With the blessings of The Archbishop of Cetinje, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, the faithful of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Perth, inspired by the Branislav Grbovic family and led by the Very Rev. Dr. Milorad Soaktar, have initiated a fund-raising campaign to refurbish Moracnik Monastery in Montenegro.
The Monastery of Morachnik is situated on Skadar Lake's Island of the same name within the Zeta Mount Athos-Zetska Sveta Gora. The complex is located on the protruding cape on the southeastern side, laid almost on the very waterfront.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has received a warm welcome from His Beatitude Theodoros II, the Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and Africa, during a visit to his residence in Alexandria. The Archbishop was invited to visit the Greek Orthodox Leader while in Alexandria for the Primates Meeting.
Today, at 12pm Catholicos Patriarch leaves for Germany for medical examination. As Archpriest Michael Botkoveli stated at yesterday's news conference at the Patriarchate, His Holiness and Beatitude felt fine, though Georgian and German doctors advised the Patriarch to have medical consultations at the same hospital he had had surgery couple of months ago. "There are some gossips about His Holiness' health worsening. This is false, and therefore we called the present news conference to state the truth", said Father Michael Botkoveli. Father Michael adds that only after all medical examinations it will be decided when the Patriarch returns back to Georgia. The Catholicos Patriarch spent few days at the Tbilisi Pridon Todua Clinic last week. The Patriarch had acute virus infection.
The delegation of the Georgian Patriarchate returned from Moscow back to Tbilisi. All five members of the delegation express their satisfaction with productive meetings in the capital of Russia. The representative of the Georgian Patriarchate state that all existed links and relations will be kept and collaboration between Russian and Georgian churches will be continues in the future. "Unlike Russian government authorities, Russian Church recognizes the sovereignty and integrity of Georgia", state the priests.