Representatives of state authorities and public circles and ambassadors of foreign states congratulate the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on his 65th birthday23. November 2011 - 14:48
A grand reception marking Patriarch Kirill’s 65th birthday took place at the refectory chambers of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in the evening of 21 November 2011.
Before the reception, many guests congratulated the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church at the Throne Hall of the Patriarchal Chambers, among them Vladimir Kozhin, head of the department of presidential affairs; Valentina Matviyenko, chairman of the Federation Council; Boris Gryzlov, speaker of the State Duma; Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin; Vladimir Churov, chairman of the Central Election Commission; ministers of the federal government, deputies of the State Duma, ambassadors of foreign states accredited in Moscow, mass media leaders, businessmen, and representatives of scientific, cultural and public organizations, press Office of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia reports.
Communiqué of Meeting of the Primates and representatives of seven Local Orthodox Churches held in Moscow on the occasion of the 65th birthday of the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia22. November 2011 - 16:30
On November 21, 2011, the Primates and representatives of seven Local Orthodox Churches: Antiochian, Russian, Georgian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Polish and of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, met at the patriarchal residence in the Moscow Kremlin on the occasion of the 65th birthday of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
On November 7, archimandrite Oleg (Cerepanjin) accompanied by a few parishioners visited the island of Phuket, where a construction of the Orthodox church iof Holy Trinity is being finished, the official website of the Orthodox Church of Thailand reports.
Because of the vigorous flood, which is still happening, the deadline for the end of the construction works has been postponed.
On 14 November 2011, which was the feast of the Apostle Philip, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the ancient octagonal church built over the martyrdom site of the Holy Apostle Philip in Hierapolis.
This was the first time the Ecumenical Patriarch celebrated the Divine Liturgy at this important Christian shrine, and has special significance since the recent discovery by Italian archaeologist Francesco D’ Andria of the tomb of the Apostle Philip next to this church. When the tomb was discovered this past summer, the Italian archaeologist visited the Ecumenical Patriarch at the Phanar to inform him of the find. It was then that the Ecumenical Patriarch organized this pilgrimage and Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Holy Apostle.
Source: Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral
On 15 November 2011, the last day of his official visit to the Patriarchate of Antioch, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited the Balamand Monastery of the Dormition of Our Lady.