The capital of Estonia, Tallinn, has decided to allocate 50,000 euros ($53,100) for the restoration of the city’s Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos, reports RIA-Novosti. A statement from the municipality noted that an agreement on use of the funds for restoring the church, popularly known as the Kazan Church, will be signed on Saturday by parish rector Fr. Victor Melnik and Vice Mayor Michael Kilbart. The parish will mark its 300th anniversary in 2021. Restoration work began last year, preceded by a detailed study on the history of the construction of the church.
Christian refugees from Mosul who now live in camps in Levo Iraq hold a prayer session for the thousands of fellow Christians who have had to flee Mosul from the terror group the Islamic State. The UN estimates that 50,000 Christians are now internally displaced.
“We pray for Your Holiness’ ministry from the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch, and for your health and longevity to serve the Lord and His people with apostolic zeal. May we also be blessed! May your prayers be a fortress for us!” – Rt. Rev. Chorbishop Dr Kyriakose Thottupuram of Chicago (Chancellor of Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE).
On 8 February 2017 in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, received Mr.Karen Karapetyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.
On 2nd February 2017, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, welcomed to the Patriarchate, a group of around 140 pupils, together with their teachers, who traveled from the capital, Cairo, to convey their wishes on the day of the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the arrival of the New Year 2017.
Following up on a conversation between His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury during the patriarch’s visit to Lambeth Palace in November 2015, the Forum on Modern Slavery was held February 6-7 in Constantinople.
According to the site of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the forum brought together distinguished scholars, practitioners and policy makers to discuss the negative phenomenon of modern slavery and the Church’s role in protecting human rights and dignity.