FOR THE SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL
AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS, CANBERRA
Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012
The Orthodox Christian position on marriage requires an adequate understanding of how the term ‘marriage’ is understood not only in our faith community, but also its broader societal implications.
On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, His All-Holiness received His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece at the Phanar. Archbishop Ieronymos was accompanied by Metropolitan Vasilios of Elassona and Bishop Gabriel of Diavleia.
Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate
Exhibition timed to the centenary of the demise of St. Nicholas of Japan opens at the National Library of Russia23. March 2012 - 10:18
On 20 March 2012, an exhibition entitled “I am the only Russian here…” (from history of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Japan)” opened at the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg.
The exhibition is timed to the centenary of the demise of St. Nicholas of Japan and presents documents and other materials on the life and work of St. Nicholas, as well as materials about Japan, notes and memoirs of Russian and foreign authors published at the turn of the 19th century about Japanese traditions and customs.
General Consul of Japan in St. Petersburg, Mr. Ichiro Kavabata, addressed the guests of library at the opening ceremony, press service of the National Library of Russia reports.
With a Grace of God and with the blessing of Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Eminence Metropolitan Theodosius visited Kuwait on the Sunday of Life-Giving Cross. In the full church the Orthodox believers Arabs, Greeks, Russians and Serbs gathered. The Holy Hierachal Liturgy was served Metropolitan Theodosius and hieromonk Ephraim in three languages - in Arabian, Greek and Church Slavonic.
The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George holds a special place in the hearts of many Lebanese because of its unique location overlooking Parliament Square right in the heart of Beirut’s city center. The Cathedral of Saint George is the Mother Cathedral of Beirut’s Greek Orthodox community. It’s the “Thronos”, the throne of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Beirut and its dependencies. The Cathedral is the oldest church in the city of Beirut, and one of the oldest in the region. The first Christian temple ever built in the very location goes back to the mid sixth century AD and it’s closely associated with Beirut’s famous Law School.
On March 14, 2012, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with a delegation of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem at the Patriarchal chambers of the Church of Christ the Saviour. The delegation included Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Archbishop Theophylaktos of Jordan and Archimandrite Stephanos (Dispirakis), representative of the Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Participating in the meeting were also Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, a DECR vice-chairman, Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations, and Fr. Stephan (Igumnov), a DECR staff member.