On the invitation of His Beatitude Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, and in the framework of the pastoral care of the Senior Patriarchates of the Middle East and the Apostolic Church of Cyprus, arrived today, 27th March 2012, Their Beatitudes, Patriarch Theodoros II, of Alexandria and All Africa, Patriarch Ignatius IV, of Antioch and all the East, and Patriarch Theophilos III, of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, to participate in the Synaxis of the primates of the Orthodox Churches, in order to discuss the situation of the Christians in the region of the Middle East and to find ways of solidarity, strengthening and support of the Christians to maintain their presence in their ancestral homes.
Byzantine frescoes, dating back to the 13th century, illegally exported from the island’s Turkish occupied northern part, are now back home, exhibited in Nicosia.
The frescoes finally arrived home a fortnight ago, decades after their removal from a church in the occupied areas following the 1974 Turkish invasion, are now on exhibition at the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation, at the Archbishopric Palace in Nicosia.
The frescoes had been stolen from the church of Saint Euphemianos in Lysi village and were cut into 38 pieces by thieves intending to sell them on the black market.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos pointed out that the ultimate goal of the Cyprus Church and the Government is for the frescoes to return to their home, the Saint Euphemianos church in Lysi, where they belong.
With the blessing of Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and with the moral and material support of friends of the Greek mission, the construction works of the first Orthodox Church in Rwanda, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, has begun.
With the support of the "Brotherhood of Orthodox External Missions of Thessaloniki" the church is built in Nyamata, two kilometers from the new international airport.
The Days of Russian Spiritual Culture were held on March 12-13, 2012, in the Province of Terra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Antarctic Islands (Argentine). They were organized by the Federal Agency for Expatriates representation in Argentine, Paraguay and Uruguay with the support of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations.
During his meetings with local officials, public leaders and cultural figures, Mr D. Kravtsov, head of the Agency’s representation, spoke of the church-state cooperation in Russia. He informed his listeners about the Presidential and Patriarchal Commissions for Culture established in 2012, noting that their work is aimed at overcoming negative developments in the sphere of culture.
On March 23, 2012, Sretensky Stavropighial Monastery in Moscow held a regular meeting of the Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church, presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin, Germany and Great Britain, to discuss church law.
Over 240 military priests will serve in the Army and Navy, said Boris Lukichev, head of the Russian Armed Forces Directorate for working with religious servicemen.
"We have 21 priests in the army and navy. They signed contracts with commanders and perform their professional duties. Twenty are Orthodox Christians and one is from a Muslim ummah, imam-hatyb Sindikayev. He is serving in the Southern Military District. The rest were sent to other districts and army services," Lukichev said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, published on Monday.