Foundation of Chapel of Tsarevich Alexei in Peterhof

 The foundation of the Chapel of Holy Royal Martyr Tsarevich Alexei was laid on December 12 in the Znamenka estate in Peterhof. Rector of the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul the Apostles Archpriest Alexy Koltsov placed the foundation stone, reports the Voda Zhivaya(Living Water) information agency.

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Cardinal Christoph Schönborn Archbishop and Metropolitan Arsenius of Austria

On 13th December 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, made a short stop in Vienna on his way to Budapest. He is to visit Hungary at the invitation of the Hungarian leadership and with the blessing of his holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

Upon arrival in the capital of Austria, Metropolitan Hilarion visited St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral and was warmly welcomed by the rector, archpriest Vladimir Tyschuk.

That same day in the evening, Metropolitan Hilarion met with Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, in the Archbishop’s palace. They discussed the situation in the Middle East and various aspects of Orthodox-Catholic relations, including the topics of theological dialogue between the Orthodox Churches and the Roman Catholic Church.

Metropolitan Hilarion in Hungary

On 14th December 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), arrived in Budapest at the invitation of the Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary, Zsolt Semjén, and with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Meeting Metropolitan Hilarion were Zoltan Challokeze, head of Mr. Semjén’s cabinet, Ms Martha Linke from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Valery Platonov, cultural attaché of the Russian embassy in Budapest.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Monaco

His All-Holiness traveled to Monaco, where he was invited to address the 6th World Policy Conference. The topic of his presentation is the global importance and impact of religion in our world. His All-Holiness also paid a formal visit to Prince Albert II of Monaco. Accompanying the Ecumenical Patriarch are Metropolitan Emmanuel of France and Patriarchal Deacon Gregorios.

 

Canonization of Two New Saints by the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On Tuesday, November 27, 2013, the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided the formal inclusion in the List of Saints of the Orthodox Church of elder Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia and of venerable Meletios of Lardos.

  • Feast Day of Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia: December 2nd.
  • Feast Day of Saint Meletios of Lardos: February 12th.