National Heads of Churches of Australia held its regular semiannual session on 6 March 2013, under the presidency of Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church at the premises of the Cathedral church of Holy Prince Lazar in Alexandria, which is the seat of the Metropolitanate of Australia-New Zealand.
On 24th February 2013 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, conducted the first Patriarchal Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Bujumbura, together with His Eminence Jonah Metropolitan of Kampala and His Grace Innokentios Bishop of Burundi and Rwanda.
To Your Holiness, Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus of Rome
In these special days for you I would like to express feelings of brotherly (fraternal) love in Christ and respect. The decision to leave the office of the bishop of Rome, which you announced on February 11 this year with humbleness and simplicity, has found a warm response in the hearts of millions of Catholics.
On Monday, February 25, 2013, following a personal invitation from the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, His All-Holiness met with the Chancellor of Germany, the Hon. Angela Merkel, at the residence of the Prime Minister in Ankara. His All-Holiness was accompanied by Fr. Joachim, Undersecretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod, and Mr. Lakis Vingas, representative of the minority institutions with the General Board of Foundations in Ankara.
On Thursday, February 21, 2013, Mr. Constantine Dimtsas, the Director of the charitable organization "Mission" of the Archdiocese of Athens visited the Phanar and was received by the Ecumenical Patriarch. In light of 2013 as "the year of solidarity," Mr. Dimtsas informed His All-Holiness about the programs of the organization.