Bartholomew I:Kirill will foster Orthodox unity

On the occasion of the installation of Kirill as the new patriarch of Moscow, ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew I has sent him a message focused on the common journey of the Orthodox Churches, in facing the challenges of today's world. The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has rejoiced over the election of Kirill, says the message read today by the envoy from Bartholomew I, and participates with great joy in the celebrations for his installation. The vision of the Mother Church for the common journey, continues the message, is accompanied by good hope and good will, because an active and creative man has been elected at this historical juncture. A man of proven ecclesial merit, characterized by wisdom and by his contribution to Christian unity.

Pope sends greeting to Orthodox Patriarch

Pope Benedict XVI has sent his greetings to the new Russian Orthodox patriarch, pledging to work for closer relations and citing areas of common interest. The Vatican released a personal message Monday from Benedict to Patriarch Kirill a day after his installation as successor to the late Patriarch Alexy II.

New Church in Helsinki

Plans for the construction of a new Russian Orthodox church have been approved by Helsinki building authorities. The Orthodox Congregation of St. Nicholas, which operates under the Patriarchate of Moscow, has been hoping to build a new church in Itäkeskus in the east of Helsinki since 2004. However, the traditional Russian onion-domed church as been difficult to adapt to the urban landscape of the area.

First public display of world’s only authentic re-creation of Stone Tablets of the Ten Commandments

A small company in San Antonio, Texas has re-created, as an art form, an authentic and faithful-to-scripture set of the two stone tablets referred to in the Bible. The company, HaShem Artworks, will sponsor its initial public display at the Norris Conference Centers located in Crossroads Mall in San Antonio. The exhibit will be limited to two hours-on Sunday, February 8, 2009, from 5:00PM until 7:00PM. There is absolutely no admission charge. HaShem Artworks wants the public to be able to see these authentic Two Stone Tablets so that people will know that the Ten Commandments as given in the original ancient language and which bear the name of the Deity of Judaism and of Christianity are "back" into the world as credible re-creations.

Congratulatory Telegram of Pope and Patriarch Theodoros II to the Newly-Elected Patriarch of Moscow

Prot. No: 21/2009

Your All Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, our dear and beloved brother in Christ and concelebrant, we Greet Your Holiness in the Lord, and address ourselves to you.

It is with great joy that we heard the joyous announcement of your most worthy election to the Patriarchal Throne of the Church of Russia .

Your spiritual person, your broad and well known theological knowledge, your many years of experience regarding ecclesiastical issues, especially your love for our Holy Church and the faithful people of God, provide the guarantee for your bright Patriarchal tenure.

We all wholeheartedly, therefore, pray that the Arch Shepherd Jesus Christ will strengthen your All Holiness, in constant health and much strength, and for many years, rightly keeping the word of His Truth, for the commendation and praise of the Russian Church and all Orthodoxy.

In congratulating you again for your most worthy election, we embrace Your All Holiness and remain Your beloved brother in Christ.

THEODOROS II,

Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa

In the Great City of Alexandria
28th January 2008

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