Russia has obtained definitive ownership rights to a church building in Nice under a ruling of France's highest court on Wednesday, said members of the Russian Orthodox community in the Western European country.
Built in the early 20th century, the cathedral is one of the most frequently visited historical monuments in The French Riviera. In 1987 it was put on the list of architectural monuments protected by the French state.
On Sunday afternoon, April 21, 2013, during his trip to Turkey, the United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrived at the Ecumenical Patriarchate for an hour-long visit. Secretary Kerry was received at the entrance to the Patriarchal court by the Chief Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod, the Very Rev. Archim. Bartholomew Samaras, who escorted him to the Patriarchal Offices, where Mr. Kerry met with His All-Holiness.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, attended on 16 April 2013 at the Belgrade City Hall the traditional annual award ceremony of the City of Belgrade. Besides presidents of the municipalities, members of assembly and directors of the public enterprizes who attended the ceremony which opened the Days of Belgrade, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Vicar to the Serbian Patriarch, was present also.
On 12th April 2013, the General Secretary of the Global Christian Forum, Rev. Dr. Larry Miller, paid a visit to His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa.
During the private meeting which His Beatitude had with Mr. Larry Miller in the Patriarchal Office, mention was made of the multifaceted work being done by the ancient Patriarchate on the African continent, and in his turn the Secretary General informed His Beatitude about the aims and activities of the Global Christian Forum which has its Headquarters in Strasburg in France, and was created by proposal of the General Meeting of the World Council of Churches, in 1998 in Harare; its aim is to become the voice of all Christians on issues relating to the protection of human rights and peace.
On March 19, 2013, there was a meeting between the deputy head of the European Commission’s Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), Mr. Schinas, and church representatives in Brussels. It was initiated by the Brussels representation of the Church of Greece with the purpose to exchange opinions and discuss the problem of crisis, especially the serous economic situation in Cyprus, Greece and other countries of the Eurozone.