The visit of a Delegation of the Anglican Church to the Church of Greece from May 8-12 has been completed successfully. The Delegation was composed of the Rt. Reverend Richard, Bishop of London, the Rt. Reverend David, Bishop of Birmingham, the Reverend Jonathan Goodall, Ecumenical Officer and Chaplain of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Father Malcolm Bradshaw, the Reverend Canon of the Anglican Church in Athens.
His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, who is visiting these days Istanbul, has celebrated today, May 28, 2009, in the St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Phanar, together with His Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the Holy Liturgy on the Great Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.
May 29, 2009, was the third day of the visit of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel at the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The two Primates, His Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch, and His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, have met again this morning at the Patriarchal Residence in Constantinople, discussing the collaboration between the two patriarchies, as well as the situation of the Romanian Orthodox parish in Istanbul. The meeting was also attended by members of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
LOVE FOR IMPERISHABLE BEAUTY
AT THE CAPPADOCIAN FATHERS
While travelling as pilgrim to Cappadocia, our thoughts focus on the origin of the Philokalia, on its first authors, Saints Basil the Great (+379), and Gregory the Theologian (+389), who gathered the most beautiful texts from Origen's work under this title. Thus, in the course of time, they created a series of collection of theological, ascetic and moral writings aiming at the love for the imperishable spiritual beauty acquired by deliverance from selfish passions and by cultivating virtue, through the spiritual sight of beings spiritually and unceasing prayer.
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel has visited today, May 30, 2009, the Museum of Anatolian Culture located in Turkey's capital, Ankara. The delegation of the Romanian Patriarchate was guided by His Excellency Ioan Pascu, Romania's Ambassador to Turkey. From this location, the envoys of the Romanian Patriarchate, led by His Beatitude, left for the homeland of St. Basil the Great, reaching Cappadocia at 1 p.m.