The central event of the pastoral visit of Patriarch Bartholomew to Austria was the jubilee – the 50th anniversary of the Greek Metropolitanate in Austria. The solemn Holy Liturgy, on the occasion of this significant jubilee, was served in the church of the Resurrection of Christ in the centre of Vienna.
On 23 November 2013, a requiem service for5 the victim of mass famine in the Soviet Union was celebrated at the Church of St. Nicholas in Three Hills at the request of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation and the Ukrainian diaspora in Moscow.
Praying at the requiem service were H.T. Vladimir Yelchenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Russian Federation; embassy employees; representatives of Ukrainian communities who live in Moscow, and parishioners.
23 November 2013, marks the 78th birthday of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev on All Ukraine. Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, arrived in Kiev with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to take part in the celebration.
Metropolitan Vladimir officiated at the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas’ church, while Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated at the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Laura of the Caves together with Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, abbot of the Laura, and the assembly of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
On Friday, November 22, 2013, His All-Holiness attended and addressed the closing session of the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace, which was held in Vienna, Austria, from November 20-22.
The assembly brought together over 600 religious leaders from all over the world. The theme of the assembly was “Welcoming the Other.” “Religions for Peace” is the largest international coalition of leaders and representatives from the world’s greatest religions dedicated to promoting peace.
On November 21, 2013, the Feast Day of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, His All-Holiness presided over the Divine Liturgy at the patronal feast of the Church of Panaghia in the Pera (Beyoğlu) district of Istanbul. Alongside His All-Holiness were members of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
A monk accompanied by Archimandrite Zacharias from the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Saint John the Forerunner in Essex, England, was ordained to the diaconate.
Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate