Jerusalem - On Sunday, the 26th of October/8th of November 2015, the Patriarchate observed the feast of St Demetrius the glorious martyr and myrrh-bearer at the Church dedicated to his name, within the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood. Also named in honour of St Demetrius is the “AgiosDemetrios” Arabic-speaking School, intended for the children of the Patriarchate’s congregation.
On 6th November 2015, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, who was in Kampala, the capital of Uganda and See of the Holy Metropolis of Kampala and All Uganda, made pastoral visits to the Missionary Centres and Parishes of the city and the surrounding districts.
On 8th November 2015, the last day of the Patriarchal Pastoral visit to the Holy Metropolis of Kampala and All Uganda, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, inaugurated the Holy Church of St Sophia in Kampala, and then conducted the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy, together with His Eminence Jonas of Kampala, Narkissos of Nubia and His Grace Innocent of Burundi and Rwanda.
Thousands of faithful gathered on Thursday evening, 05 November 2015, at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest, together with His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, to pray for peace and unity, and to intercede for those who have passed away to the Lord and for the healing of those in hospitals, after the tragic accident which took place last week in Bucharest.
On 9 November 2015, the Primate of the Syriac Orthodox Church, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, arrived in Russia on an official visit at the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. It is the first visit of His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II to the Russian Orthodox Church since his election to the Patriarchal Throne in March 2014.