300 thousands of people venerated the Belt of the Holy Virgin when the shrine stayed in St.Petersburg, head of Andrew the First-Called Foundation press service Alexander Gatilin said.
The Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim Friday added its voice to that of the Maronite Patriarch Boutros Bechara Rahi, expressing his concern about the possible arrival of the "Salafis" (radical islamists) to power in Syria.
Patriarch Ignatius, who gave an interview to radio VDL, said that today Christians of Syria are free and united. The Patriarch emphasized that his concern related to possible changes in Syria. The head of the Antiochian Orthodox Church said that he would like to see the status to be preserved as it was in last thirty years, when nothing had not been committed against the Christians.
The Holy Head of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Protector of Romania was brought this morning from Patras – Greece, to Bucharest by a delegation of the Hellenic Orthodox Church led by His Eminence Metropolitan Chrisostom of Patras.
On 23 October 2011, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), attended the blessing and anointing of crosses of the new Armenian Cathedral of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of the Lord in Moscow at the invitation of Bishop Ezras Nersisyan, head of the New Nakhichevan and Russia diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
The delegation of the Foundation of Saint Andrew The First-Called, with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, brought on October 20, 2011 in the Russian Federation, The Venerable Sash of the Most Holy Lady, which has been kept for centuries in the monastery Vatopedi at Mount Athos. Many believers could worship the relics, that will remain in Russia until November 23. On that occasion the Sash along with the prayer could be worshipped by believers from many Russian cities - from St. Petersburg, where was the first place where the shrine was brought, through Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok, Krasnoyarsk, Niznhny Novgorod, Diviyev, Sharansk, Samara, Rostov and Kalingrad until Moscow.