First time in many years China allows an Orthodox Priest to be ordained

China, the first time in more than half a century allowed a Chinese Orthodox priest to be ordained. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate informed TASS correspondent on Sunday about this event. He is in China during the 4th session of the Russian-Chinese working group on contacts and cooperation in the religious sphere.

Primate of Russian Church addresses participants in concert held in Red Square on the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture

Primate of Russian Church addresses participants in concert held in Red Square on the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture
Primate of Russian Church addresses participants in concert held in Red Square on the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture
Primate of Russian Church addresses participants in concert held in Red Square on the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture
Primate of Russian Church addresses participants in concert held in Red Square on the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture

On 24 May 2015, after celebrating the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Red Square to attend a concert marking the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture.

OSCE conference on discrimination and intolerance towards Christians

OSCE conference on discrimination and intolerance towards Christians
OSCE conference on discrimination and intolerance towards Christians
OSCE conference on discrimination and intolerance towards Christians
OSCE conference on discrimination and intolerance towards Christians

A conference took place in Vienna on ‘Enhancing Efforts to Prevent and Combat Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, Focusing on Hate Crimes, Exclusion, Marginalization and Denial of Rights’.

Patriarch Theodor II meets with the Prime Minister of Egypt

On 17th May 2015, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa had an official meeting in Cairo with His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Mehleb, Prime Minister of the Arabic Republic of Egypt.

During the meeting the Patriarch expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the interest shown by the Prime Minister in the Holy Church of the Monastery of St George Old Cairo, in all stages of the works of its complete renovation and development, right through to the inauguration which took place this past April.

Patriarch of Alexandria pays a pastoral visit to Tanta and Suez

His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa paid a two day pastoral visit to Tanta and Suez on 25th and 16th May 2015, accompanied by Their Eminences Nikodimos Metropolitan of Memphis, Patriarch Vicar of Cairo and Niphon Metropolitan of Pilousion, Hegumen of the Patriarchal Monastery of St George, Old Cairo.

In Tanta, See of the Holy Metropolis of Ermopolis, His Beatitude and his entourage were welcomed by the local Metropolitan Nicholas together with the clergy, the Church Council of the Orthodox Community of the city and many faithful.