On December 10, during his final day in the New York area, His Beatitude, John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, visited the United Nations and held meetings with a variety of officials. (Watch press conference here.) His first meeting was with the Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Ian Eliasson. During that meeting, as well as the other meetings, His Beatitude stressed that the only solution to the crisis in Syria is one of negotiations and peace, not of bombs and war, saying “The Syrian people ask for peace and welfare for themselves and for everyone on earth.” He continued by saying that “as a Christian leader, I can also speak on behalf of the Islamic leaders in Syria in that we all reject extremism. In Greater Syria we have been co-existing for hundred of years.” He also relayed in his various meetings that with regard to humanitarian relief the Orthodox Church is helping everyone, regardless of sect or religion.
The 2nd International Theological Patristic Conference ‘St. Simeon the New Theologian and his Spiritual Heritage’ opened in Moscow on December 11, 2014. The Conference is sponsored by the Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Post-Graduate Studies and the National Research Nuclear University MEPhi (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute).
His Grace Innocentios, Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Burundi and Rwanda, officiated the Holy Baptism of 126 new faithfuls of the community of Kaziba, Rwabutazi, and Gashongora.
Patriarchate of Georgia has released a special statement which reads the following:
‘’The fact of exploding the Sakdrisi gold field has caused our great concern. We cannot understand how the Culture ministry has issued permission to destroy the cultural monument while scientists and civil society were against it.’’
The Catholicos – Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia asked the country’s commercial banks to not evict from their houses those people, who could not pay their mortgage loans, at least during the winter season, reports The Christian Telegraph in reference to Interfax-Religion.
“I have concerns about those in need, who have taken loans, and banks are now evicting them from their homes. I want to ask the heads of all banks to not do that at least in the winter season,” said Ilia-II during his sermon.