On March 27, 2017, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), met with His Beatitude Chrysostomos II, Archbishop of New Justiniana and All Cyprus, at the Archdiocese of Cyprus in Nicosia. Metropolitan Hilarion conveyed to the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus warm greetings from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. He also thanked His Beatitude Chrysostomos for his pastoral care for numerous Russian-speaking faithful residing in Cyprus, a testimony of which is the opening of a new Russian church dedicated to St. Andrew and All Russian Saints at the town of Episcopi.
The ruins of an ancient one-nave church have been discovered in Ilto’s Gorge in the village of Chartali of the Akhmeta municipality (Kaheti region), northeast of Tbilisi. The municipal cultural center also reports that traces of a settlement have been observed in the surrounding area, reports Blagovest-Info. According to cultural center head Kakha Mamulashvili, Ilto’s Gorge is practically unstudied from a cultural heritage point of view.
Thousands marched for life in Bucharest on Saturday, the president of Students for Life Association, Alexandra Nadane, reports. The pro-life manifestation carried out on 25 March 2017 under the slogan Help the mother and the child! They depend on you! People of all ages marched on the streets of Bucharest carrying banners and the national flag.
The one hundredth anniversary of the restoration of the Georgian Orthodox Church’s ancient autocephaly will be celebrated by His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Tbilisi, with other clergy and faithful of the Georgian Orthodox Church on March 25 with a solemn Liturgy in Mtskheta’s Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, northeast of the capital city of Tbilisi, reports Sputnik-Georgia.
On 8th December 2016, His Beatitude Theodoros II Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa received in the Patriarchal See the visit of His Excellency Mr. Dragan Bisenic, Ambassador of the Serbian Republic to Egypt, as part of his visit to Alexandria. During their meeting, His Beatitude the Patriarch briefed His Excellency Mr. Bisenic about the missionary work done by the Patriarchate on the African continent, emphasized the protection given by the hospitable country of Egypt to the Ancient Patriarchate, discussed with him the close relations between the two sister Churches of Alexandria and Serbia as well as other historically interesting topics.