Christmas Message 2013 from the World Council of Churches general secretary
In New Testament accounts of the Nativity, humble shepherds watch their flocks by night while wise scholars, travelling in the east, look up at the same night’s sky and discern something new amid the rotation of stars. They were all open for a move, to see something, someone that brings hope for the world.
The Pope (Patriarch) Theodore II of Alexandria and All Africa has congratulated the Orthodox Missionary Brotherhood, which was founded in 1963, on its "golden" anniversary, thanking it for its self-sacrificing work that now embraces the whole continent.
The Church complex of the Image of Christ the Savior "Made Without Hands" in Sochi is to be consecrated on January 3, reports Interfax-Religion.
According to the press service of the head of the Krasnodar territory, the first service in this Church will be celebrated on Christmas, reported its rector to the Krasnodar Territory governor Alexander Tkachev during the latter’s visit to the Church on Friday.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed his condolences to the South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, over the death of Nelson Mandela, a fighter against racial discrimination and the former president of the Republic of South Africa. The text of the message is given below.
On December 4, 2013, His All-Holiness greeted the Second International Conference on Religious Freedom organized and hosted at the historic Adlon Hotel in Berlin by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, in cooperation with the Patriarchal Liaison Office of the Orthodox Church to the European Union and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Germany.
On Tuesday morning, November 12, 2013, His All-Holiness received a group of representatives from Bogazici University, the successor of Istanbul's Robert College founded in 1863.
The group included Professors Gulay Barbarosoglu, Rector of the Bogazici University, Dilek Calgan, Acting Secretary General, Orhan Yenigun, Director of the University's Institute of Environmental Sciences, and Vangelis Kechriotis of the Department of History.