His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate was in a two-day visit to the Athenian Archbishopric on April 9th and 10th, 2011.
According to the fourth report from Bishop Seraphim, the website was updated - http://www.orthodox-jp.com/westjapan. Still aftershocks continues. Especially Magnitude 7 earthquake on April 7 added damages on the damaged. The specialist says this kind of aftershock may repeat one year. And two persons were found in dead: Andrei YONESATO Kimiyosi, Moisei NAKAGAWA Iyoji. Peter ENDO Iwao, died from earthquake shock. Missing persons: SATO Eigo, YAMAMOTO Michiko (not yet baptized), Feodosii YONESATO, Matronа YOKOTA Michiko are still not found. Please add them in your prayer.
Nearly a month after the fourth largest earthquake ever recorded struck the eastern coast of Japan and touched off a devastating tsunami, earthquakes continue to rattle the nerves of survivors and complicate relief efforts. More than thirty earthquakes measuring 6.0 and above on the Richter scale have been experienced in eastern Japan as efforts to assist survivors and rebuild continue.
Bulgaria's Christian Orthodox Church celebrated on Sunday canonisation its first saints in 47 years. Hundreds of worshippers packed the golden-domed Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia for the canonisation of the victims of the bloody crushing of an 1876 uprising against Bulgaria's Ottoman rule.