On Wednesday the 12th/25th of September 2013, the Acting Military Commander of Israel’s Civil Administration, Mr Raed Mansour, accompanied by the former Military Commander of Bethlehem, Mr Iyad Sirhan and the Director of the Department of Christian Affairs of Israel’s Ministry of Religious Services, Mr Sesar Margie, visited His Beatitude Theophilos, Our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem.
On September 24, 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, during his working visit to London, met with Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster (Roman Catholic Church). They talked about Orthodox-Catholic relations, the state of religion in the modern society and prospects for students’ exchange between theological schools.
A town dating back more than 2,000 years has been discovered on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee, in Israel's Ginosar valley.
The ancient town may be Dalmanutha (also spelled Dalmanoutha), described in the Gospel of Mark as the place Jesus sailed to after miraculously feeding 4,000 people by multiplying a few fish and loaves of bread, said Ken Dark, of the University of Reading in the U.K., whose team discovered the town during a field survey.
A webpage will possibly be created where the godchildren of His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II will be able to meet each other, reports Gruzia Online.
The Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia, Archbishop of Mtskhet-Tbilisi, Metropolitan of Pitsunda and Tskhum-Abkhazia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II informed the congregation of this at the Sunday service.
His beatitude John x met Mr. Constantin Triantafilou Director of IOCC, International Orthodox Christian Charities, one of the organization working in the field of relief in Syria. His Beatitude discussed with him the possibilities to enlarge the work of relief in the patriarchate and to help developing the infrastructure of Alhosn hospital in the Christian valley. From his part, Mr. Tiantafilou highlighted the importance of the work achieved in the relief through the DERD, the Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development in the Greek orthodox patriarchate of Antioch and all the East.