His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa was welcomed on the morning of 10th February 2009, to the sound of the bells ringing, by the pupils and students of the Educational Institutes of the Holy Metropolis of Kenya, in Nairobi, singing and chanting in Greek.
His Beatitude spoke emotionally about the work of the Patriarchal Academy of Kenya, "Makarios III" which this year celebrates its 28th anniversary and which has 55 seminarians. He also spoke of the Educational Academy with its 400 students and the Primary School "Clement of Alexandria" which has 150 pupils.
The Holy Metropolis of the Cameroon celebrates fifty years of spiritual journey. It was founded on 23rd January 1959 as the "Greek Orthodox Holy Metropolis of Accra and West Africa ". Today this Metropolis numbers in its jurisdiction the countries of Cameroon , Chad , Central African Republic , Gabon , Equatorial Guinea and the Islands of St Tome and Principe.
The worst wildfires in
history have caused 181 confirmed deaths and left hundreds of people homeless.
More than 900 houses were destroyed and some 7,000 people have requested
assistance from humanitarian agencies. International Orthodox Christian Charities
(IOCC) is issuing an emergency appeal and has released initial funds to assess
the situation and assist the Orthodox churches in Australia
to mobilize a response.
Saturday, February 14 marks the 1140 anniversary of the death of Saint Cyril in Rome in 869. The two brothers, Saints Cyril and Methodius were born in Thessaloniki in the 9th century. They became missionaries of Christianity among the Slavs and influenced the cultural development of all Slavic people.
The Syriac Universal Alliance (SUA), the acknowledged voice of the Syriac/Aramean people, reports that the three court proceedings held today on Wednesday, February 11 2009, in Midyat, Turkey, have once again been postponed.
The three trials held today involved the following:
The newly elected Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill met a delegation of the People's Republic of China led by Ye Xiaowen, head of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, who is well-known for his anti-Vatican attacks.
The meeting took place on 2 February but was reported only yesterday on the Orthodoxy in China website. Kirill thanked Ye for the visit which took place "on the day of my enthronement", he said. As a matter of fact, it occurred a day earlier.