On Wednesday, the 23rd of January/5th of February 2014, the new Consul General of the United Kingdom to Jerusalem, Mr Alastair McPhail, visited the Patriarchate on the occasion of his appointment.
On Friday, January 31, 2014, His Eminence Cardinal Scola, Archbishop of Milan, officially visited the Ecumenical Patriarchate. His delegation included Messeigneurs Bruno Marinoni and Luca Bressan, Frs. Luciano Capra and Davide Milani, Deacon Roberto Pagani.
Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Kirill plans to visit Georgia.
Details of the Russian church’s visit to Georgia will be known in two weeks, Georgian patriarch’s protopresbyter, Tbilisi Theological Academy Rector Giorgi Zviadadze told journalists on Friday.
“When a new patriarch is enthroned in line with tradition, he visits all the local churches. These for example, are the Constantinople church, Alexandria church, Jerusalem church, Georgian church, Serbian church, Romanian church and Bulgarian church. This is a manifestation of brotherhood and unity. Kirill has not yet been to Georgia since becoming patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and that is why he will visit Georgia as a new patriarch,” Zviadadze said.
A 1500-year-old church building, dating to the Byzantine era, was uncovered in Israel on Wednesday. The Israel Antiquities Authority was excavating a site where the Israel Land Authority is beginning new construction on a neighborhood in Moshav Aluma. The 1,500-year-old church building was a surprise to archaeologists, as it was the first of its size found in the area.
The newly-opened cultural complex, associated with the name of a merchant who became a saint—St. Seraphim of Vyritsa—will be located inside the Gostiny Dvor ("The Merchant Court"—a historic Russian term for indoor markets) shopping center in St. Petersburg.
The museum of merchants and the house church occupy the first floor of the building, where those in charge of Gostiny Dvor used to meet.
Archaeological excavations on the site of one of the most ancient surviving Christian shrines of Britain will soon begin. This is St. Piran's Oratory (Chapel) near Perranporth, Cornwall, in the south-west of England, reports Sedmitza.ru, citing KIPA/Apis.
The building, constructed in the 5th or 6th century, was covered with sand and surrounded by a concrete silo in 1980 to protect it from foul weather. Now the specialists have given the "green light" to carry out excavation work, which is to begin in February or March of 2014.