5 Years of Patriarchal Service

5 Years of Patriarchal Service

Sunday, 30 September 2012, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania celebrates five years of patriarchal service.

On 30 September 2007, by the will and blessing of God, His Beatitude Daniel was enthroned in the Patriarchal Cathedral as the 6th Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

The thought confessed at the time of enthronement was that: “God called us to this very hard service”, because “it is useful for the Church to serve together with the Holy Synod and all the clergy of the country”. His Beatitude came from Iasi to Bucharest wishing to serve the Romanian Orthodox Church in time and no time, animated by the divine commandment mentioned by Saint Matthew the Evangelist: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).

Russian Church sanctifies North Pole

Russian Church sanctifies North Pole

A Russian Orthodox bishop has dropped a capsual with a blessing from Patriarch Kirill on the North Pole point.

The capsual includes a small plate with the inscription: “With the blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All of the Rus, the consecration of the North Pole marks the 1150 years of Russian Statehood”, a press release from the Church reads.

The Church consecration took place as part of the major ongoing Arctic-2012 expedition, a mission organized by the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. The capsual was dropped to sea by Bishop Iakov of Naryan-Mar in a ceremony attended by both expedition leader Vladimir Sokolov and ship Captain Oleg Shchapin.

90th Anniversary of Ethnic Tragedy in Smyrna

90th Anniversary of Ethnic Tragedy in Smyrna
90th Anniversary of Ethnic Tragedy in Smyrna
90th Anniversary of Ethnic Tragedy in Smyrna
90th Anniversary of Ethnic Tragedy in Smyrna

On Sunday, September 23, 2012, His All-Holiness presided over the memorial service on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary since the ethnic tragedy in Smyrna in 1922. The service was held at St. Fokas Church in the Mesachorion Community. In attendance were Metropolitan Germanos of Theodoroupolis, the Hon. Nicholas Matthioudakis, Consul General of Greece in Istanbul with his wife Catherine Varvarigou, Consul of Greece in Adrianople, and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Information in Greece, Mr. I. Panagiotopoulos.

Patriarch Kirill celebrates Divine Liturgy at Resurrection Cathedral in Tokyo

Patriarch Kirill celebrates Divine Liturgy at Resurrection Cathedral in Tokyo
Patriarch Kirill celebrates Divine Liturgy at Resurrection Cathedral in Tokyo
Patriarch Kirill celebrates Divine Liturgy at Resurrection Cathedral in Tokyo
Patriarch Kirill celebrates Divine Liturgy at Resurrection Cathedral in Tokyo

On September 16, 2012, the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, while on a primatial visit to Japan, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Tokyo. Among his con-celebrants were Metropolitan Daniel of Tokyo, primate of the Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Varsonofy of Saransk and Mordovia, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Archbishop Varfolomey of Rovno and Ostrog, Archbishop Seraphim of Sendai, Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s administrative secretariat, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, DECR vice-chairman, Archpriest Nikolay Katsuban, dean of the ROC Tokyo representation, and Japanese clergy.

Third Annual Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops

Third Annual Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America held its third annual meeting for all member hierarchs, that is, all active canonical bishops in its region. The meeting was held from September 10-12, 2012, at the Chicago O'Hare Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. Forty-three bishops were in attendance.

The first plenary session opened on Monday morning, and began with prayer, followed by an address to the assembled hierarchs by the Chairman of the Assembly, Demetrios, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (his address will soon be posted on the Assembly website).The Archbishop expressed the sorrow of all present for the loss of Metropolitan Constantine of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the U.S., who fell asleep in the Lord since the last meeting of the Assembly. He also noted the absence of two brother bishops who had recently retired, Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh and Metropolitan Jonah of Washington, D.C. Moreover, he welcomed the new bishops joining the Assembly since May 2011, the time of its last meeting: Bishop Sevastianos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Bishops Anthony, John, and Nicholas of the Antiochian Archdiocese, Bishop Daniil of the Bulgarian Diocese, Bishop Alexander of the Orthodox Church in America, and the newly-consecrated Bishop Pankratij of the Metropolis of Mexico.