Bishop Grigorije visits the Diocese of Western America

These days the Diocese of Western America has a special honor and joy to welcome again Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina who brought us all blessings of sacred places, martyrs and saints of Herzegovina. 

On 25th Sunday after Pentecost, with the blessing of Bishop Maxim of Western America, Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church of Saint Stephen the First-Crowned in Los Angeles. 

Order of Holy King Milutin to Mr. Alexandar Torshin

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej awarded Mr. Alexandar Porfiriyevich Torshin, First Deputy President of the Council of the Assembly of the Russian Federation and the founder of the International  Humanitarian Fundation "Saint Sabbas the Sanctified" for the Preservation of Christian Sacred Places in Kosovo and Metohija, with the Order of Holy King Milutin during the ceremony at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade today, on 2 December 2014 .

The solemn award ceremony was attended by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops Their Graces Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac, Vasilije of Srem, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla and Teodosije of Raska-Prizren. 

Joint Declaration of His Holiness Pope Francis and His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

We, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, express our profound gratitude to God for the gift of this new encounter enabling us, in the presence of the members of the Holy Synod, the clergy and the faithful of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to celebrate together the feast of Saint Andrew, the first–called and brother of the Apostle Peter.

Our remembrance of the Apostles, who proclaimed the good news of the Gospel to the world through their preaching and their witness of martyrdom, strengthens in us the aspiration to continue to walk together in order to overcome, in love and in truth, the obstacles that divide us.

Metropolitan Amfilohije pays canonical visit to the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America

Metropolitan Amfilohije pays canonical visit to the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America
Metropolitan Amfilohije pays canonical visit to the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America
Metropolitan Amfilohije pays canonical visit to the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America
Metropolitan Amfilohije pays canonical visit to the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America

His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, as Bishop-Administrator of the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America arrived to Buenos Aires on 24 November 2014.

The clergy of the Diocese, representatives of the Administration of the parish in Buenos Aires with the president of the church-school congregation and protodeacon Nikola Radisa as well as a few parishioners welcomed His Eminence int the Cathedral church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God. Bishop John of Caracas and South America of the Russian Orthodox Church in Exile was among those who welcomed His Eminence.

Thronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Thronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Thronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Thronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Thronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On Sunday, November 30, 2014, the Ecumenical Patriarchate celebrated its Thronal Feast on the occasion of the Feast of St. Andrew, First-Called of the Apostles, at the Patriarchal Church of St. George.

Typically each year, over the last fifty years, formal visitations take place with the Church of Rome and delegations from each Church are sent by their Primates to attend the patronal feast of the other.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew welcomes Pope Francis

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew welcomes Pope Francis
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew welcomes Pope Francis
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew welcomes Pope Francis
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew welcomes Pope Francis

 His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox faithful worldwide, welcomed His Holiness Pope Francis at Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul.  

"Your Holiness, beloved brother in Christ, we welcome you with great joy, esteem and love. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord," said Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on greeting the Pope.