Thessaloniki declares 2013 the Year of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Enlighteners of the Slavs

The year 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece will be devoted to Saints Cyril and Methodius, Enlighteners of the Slavic nations, reports "Romfeya."  The decision to celebrate the memory of the enlighteners of the Slavs in their native city was made in connection with the 1150th anniversary of their chief missionary feat - making the first Slavic alphabet in 863.

A large international symposium is planned to be held in Thessaloniki  -- probably in the second quarter of 2013.  Paralleling the  Symposium Thessaloniki 's Municipality is planning to organize an exhibition about the missionary work of the Thessalonican brothers and their era. The exhibition is expected to last until 2014; not only residents of Greece, but also those of countries visited by the missionary brothers, Enlighteners of the Slavs,: Serbia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine and Russia will have a chance to become acquainted with the exhibit.

Solemn Concert in honour of Georgian Patriarch Ilia

Solemn Concert in honour of Georgian Patriarch Ilia
Solemn Concert in honour of Georgian Patriarch Ilia
Solemn Concert in honour of Georgian Patriarch Ilia
Solemn Concert in honour of Georgian Patriarch Ilia

The solemn cultural program was performed in the presence of a few thousand visitors regarding 35th anniversary of the ministry of  Georgian Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II. Eminent Georgian artist showcased in this program the treasure of the national tradition of Georgia and the deeds of His Holiness and Beatitude of All Georgia Ilia.

Audience with President of Georgia

Audience with President of Georgia
Audience with President of Georgia
Audience with President of Georgia
Audience with President of Georgia

Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, organized yesterday the formal reception and the dinner on the occasion of the twofold jubilee of His Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II.

Following the President, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Serbian Patriarch Irinej and Metropolitan Kiril, the Locum Tenens of the Bulgarian Patriarchal throne, sent greetings personally to Patriarch Ilia during their address. His Holiness and Beatitude Patriarch Ilia expressed his gratitude to all who came to prayerfully participate in the significant jubilee of the Georgian Orthodox Church – 35th anniversary of his Patriarchal ministry. At the presidential palace a solemn cultural program was organized.

Audience with Prime Minister of Georgia

Audience with Prime Minister of Georgia
Audience with Prime Minister of Georgia
Audience with Prime Minister of Georgia
Audience with Prime Minister of Georgia

Within the celebration of the jubilee of the Georgian Patriarch, Mr. Bidzina Ivanishvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, and Mr. David Usupashvili, President of the Parliament of Georgia, met  with Serbian Patriarch Irinej on January 11, 2013.

On detention and beating of Orthodox Christians by Kosovo police

Statement of the Department for External Church Relations’ Communication Service

Information service of the Serbian Orthodox diocese of Raška-Prizren reports that during Christmas celebration on 7 January 2013 the police of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo executed a raid operation in the Gračanica convent. The ruling hierarch, Bishop Teodosije of Raška-Prizren, was not notified.