Patriarch Daniel: “The Future Pan-Orthodox Synod represents an Important Historical Event for the Development of Synodality on a Pan-Orthodox Level”

Address of His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, delivered in the opening of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches, 22 January 2016, Chambésy, Switzerland:

Your Holiness,

Bulgaria's Police Donates 14th Century Silver Icon to National Museum of History

A 14th century silver icon of Jesus Christ from the time of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185-1396) has been donated to Bulgaria’s National Museum of History in Sofia by the Bulgarian police.

The icon is a rectangular silver slab which is 6 cm long and 5 cm wide, the Museum press service has announced.

It features an image of Christ Pantocrator (Pantokrator, i.e. Almighty) sitting on a throne, with images of the Holy Mother of God (Virgin Mary) and St. John the Baptist on his sides.

Publication of “Synaxarium: Life of the Saints of the Orthodox Church”, Volume II, November-December

The latest edition of “Synaxarium: Life of the Saints of the Orthodox Church”, Volume II, November & December of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania is recently on sale at different points of sale at the churches all over the country. It is a voluminous and highly qualitative edition, with 800 pages, printed in the printing house “Resurrection” of “Nazareth” Workshop Complex. It was translated by Father Anastas Bendo and Eleni Pani and prepared for publication by Donika Shuraja. Also the consecutive volumes are in the process of translation and editing.

Promotion of the New Book by Archbishop Anastasios “Coexistence” in Athens – Greece

“Coexistence: Peace, Nature, Poverty, Terrorism, Values” is the title of the new book by Archbishop of Tirana, Durres and All Albania, Anastasios. The book promotion took place on Monday, January 18, at the “Book Porch” (Stoa tou Vivliou) Hall in Athens.

Address of Serbian Patriarch at the Synaxis of the primates of Local Orthodox Churches in Geneva

Your All-Holiness, highly esteemed and beloved President of this Sacred Gathering,Your Holinesses and Your Beatitudes, beloved Primates of local Orthodox Churches,Your Eminences and Your Graces brothers Hierarchs, gathered at this elevated Sacred Gathering,Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers (dear Brothers and Sisters).

We express our gratitude to God Who has made us worthy of abundant grace to be the participants of this Pan-Orthodox gathering here at the Ecumenical Patriarchate at Chambesy, that has as its aim a God-pleasing deed to define and unanimously prepare the Holy and Great Council of the Eastern Orthodox Church that has been prepared and expected for quite a long period of time.