On Sunday morning, February 2, 2014, at the Divine Liturgy commemorating the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple, the consecration of Bishop Nikephoros (Psychloudis) of Amorion took place at the Patriarchal Church of St. George. The consecration was announced by the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Bishop Nikephoros currently serves as the Abbot of the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Vlatadon in Thessaloniki, Greece.
His All-Holiness traveled to Paris for a formal pastoral visit to the Metropolis of France from January 27-31, 2014.
On Tuesday, January 28, the Ecumenical Patriarch delivered a lecture on human rights and religious freedom at the Academy of Moral and Political Science. Other events organized during the visit include the conferral of an honorary doctorate on His All-Holiness by the Institut Catholique in Paris, where Patriarch Bartholomew will speak on the ecological activities and vision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. His All-Holiness also met with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Laurent Fabius, and the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.
On Sunday, January 19, 2013, His All-Holiness was awarded the Medal of Freedom of Ukraine “for his ministry in the service of universal Orthodoxy and on the occasion of the 1025th anniversary since the Christianization of the Kievan Rus.” On behalf of the President of Ukraine, His All-Holiness was presented this prestigious honor by His Excellency Sergiy Korsunsky, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Turkey, in the presence of a six person delegation of diplomats from Ukraine.
The group of nuns seized in the ancient Syrian town of Maaloula last month are doing well, Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yazigi said Saturday, and a security source told The Daily Star negotiations to secure their release were still ongoing.
“The nuns are fine, I personally spoke to them over the phone a few days ago at the patriarchate’s headquarters,” Yazigi said before leaving Beirut’s international airport to Russia for a papal visit.
On Tuesday the 8th/21st of January 2014, the feast of the Holy Monastery of Hozeva was celebrated.
The Monastery is one of the most ancient in Palestine; it lies on the slope of the torrent of Horrath which, passing through Jericho, flows into the Dead Sea.
On the footsteps of the first ascetics, Promon, Aias, Zenon and Yannaios, the Monastery had distinguished Hegoumens, i.e. St John the Bishop of Caesarea, Palestine who came here after abandoning his Episcopal duties in the fifth c., as well as St George the Cypriot, who in fact renovated the Monastery in the wake of the destructive Persian invasion in 614 AD.