On May 21, 2014, during his meeting with the TV program “Word of a Pastor” team, which took place at the working Patriarchal residence in Chisty Lane in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia made a special address to the Serbian people in connection with the large-scale floods in this country, reports the Synodal Information Department.
“I would like to address our Serbian brothers as well as the Russian people with a special word in connection with the terrible cataclysm that befell the Serbian people and Serbia.
On May 25, 2014, His Holiness Neophyte of Bulgaria, while on a peace visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, visited the Sretensky Stavropegic Monastery in Moscow.
His Holiness and his large party were welcomed to the monastery by its father superior, Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov), who introduced his high guests to the history of the Sretensky Monastery. Then Patriarch Neophyte proceeded to the Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Vladimir and venerated the relics of the Holy Martyr Hilarion (Troitsky) in it.
His Holiness Pope Francis and His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew participate in the Prayer Service of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America were also present in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher with other bishops of the Patriarchal Delegation. Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew venerated the Stone of Unction where Jesus was anointed before burial after which they participated in the Prayer Service of Thanksgiving.
On Sunday, May 25, 2014, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis will convene at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem to commemorate a meeting in the Holy Land held fifty years ago by their predecessors, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew arrives at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where he venerates the place where Jesus was born and celebrates the Doxology of Thanksgiving.