On Juny 24, 2013, the Monday of the Holy Spirit, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Trinity in the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. Among his concelebrants were hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archimandrite Isidore, the head of the Russian Church Outside Russia Mission, Archimandrite Roman, clergy of the mission and the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre. The Gospel was read in Greek, Arabic and Church Slavonic.
On 3rd June 2013, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, arrived in Beirut, Lebanon, in order that together with His Beatitude Chrysostomos Archbishop of Cyprus, to pay a fraternal visit of solidarity towards the sorely tried ancient Church of Antioch on the one hand, and on the other to intensify the pressures for liberation of the two abducted Metropolitans.
On 4th June 2013, the two Primates were welcomed at the Holy Patriarchal Balamand Monastery by His Beatitude Patriarch Ioannis I. During the meeting as well as during the media interview which followed, the Patriarch of Alexandria expressed his support for those Christians in Syria who are between the hammer and the anvil and called on them to maintain non-extinguished the flame of their optimism and hope for the resurrection of humanity, despite the severe shocks of inhumane circumstances.
On June 14, 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has arrived in Estonia. At the airport, he was met by Metropolitan Cornelius of Tallinn and All Estonia, Bishop Lazar of Narva and Prichudye, Estonia’s State Secretary Heiki Loot, Russian ambassador to Estonia, Yu, Merzlyakov, and Belarus’s Charges-des-Affaires V. Lazerko. The delegation accompanying the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church includes Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s administrative secretariat, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the synodal department for church-society relations, V. Legoida, head of the synodal information department, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, DECR vice-chairman, Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations, Protodeacon Vladimir Nazarkin, assistant to the DECR chairman, and M. Kuksov, head of the Patriarchal personal secretariat.
On June 11, 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met with Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Coastlands, at the DECR.
Participating in their talk were also Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations, and Prof. V. Milovanovic, chief architect of St. Sava’s in Belgrade.
They discussed the ways to adorn St. Sava’s and other matters concerning relations between the Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches.
The first Orthodox Church is being built in Pakistan. The faithful are hoping that construction of the Church will be completed in October of this year.