Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates at Agia Sophia in Athens

Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates at Agia Sophia in Athens

On September 23, 2012, the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relation, who is on a visit to Greece with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, led the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Agia Sophia at Psychiko, Athens. Among his concelebrants were clergy of the diocese of Athens, Greek Orthodox Church, Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations, and Hierodeacon Ioann (Kopeikin), assistant to the rector of the Sts Cyril and Methodius Post-Graduate and Doctoral School.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Japanese Prime-Minister Yoshihiko Noda

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Japanese Prime-Minister Yoshihiko Noda
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Japanese Prime-Minister Yoshihiko Noda
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Japanese Prime-Minister Yoshihiko Noda
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Japanese Prime-Minister Yoshihiko Noda

On 18 September 2012, while on a visit to Japan, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Yoshihiko Noda, head of the Japanese government, at the Prime-Minister’s residence.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with the Emperor of Japan, Akihito

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with the Emperor of Japan, Akihito

On 18 September 2012, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan.

The participants in the meeting discussed different aspects of relations between Russia and Japan, in particular, the aspects relating to spiritual and cultural ties between the people of the two countries.

Feast of St. Euphemia

Feast of St. Euphemia
Feast of St. Euphemia
Feast of St. Euphemia
Feast of St. Euphemia

On Sunday, September 16 , 2012, Metropolitan Theoliptos of Iconium presided over the Divine Liturgy for the commemoration of St. Euphemia the Great Martyr at the Patriarchal Church of St. George. The service was attended by His All-Holiness, Metropolitans Germanos of Theodoroupolis and Nektarios of Kerkyra, Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaion from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, and the Greek former Deputy Minister, Mr. Markos Bolaris, with his family.

Patriarch Alexy II commemorated in Tallinn

Metropolitan Cornelius of Estonia and Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savasaar have led a ceremony to unveil a statue of Russian Patriarch Alexy II outside an Orthodox church being built in the Estonian capital.

"Building a monument to the late Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II in Tallinn is appropriate to do to acknowledge his contribution to the history of the Russian Orthodox Church in Estonia", Metropolitan Cornelius of Tallinn and All Estonia told the media.

Alexy was born in Estonia and spent 25 years in the post of Archbishop of Tallinn. In 1990, he was elected Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia and held this job until his death in 1998. In 2003, Patriarch Alexy laid down the foundation stone of the Tallinn church that now has statue in its precinct.

Source: pravoslavie.ru, the Voice of Russia