Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch and All the East was born in 1920 in the village of Muharda, near the city of Hama Syria. In 1936, he moved to Beirut, where he became an altar server. Years later, upon taking monastic vows, he became a hierodeacon. In 1945 he graduated from the American University of Beirut, and from 1949 to 1953 studied at the Saint Sergius Theological Institute in Paris. On his return to Lebanon, the young theologian with a master's degree was ordained hieromonk. In 1942, he became one of the founders of the influential Orthodox Youth Movement in Lebanon and Syria, which has done much to renew youthful participation in Church life.
In 1953, the future Patriarch became one of the organizers of Syndesmos the worldwide Brotherhood of Orthodox Youth. In 1961 he was ordained Bishop of Palmyra and Patriarchal Vicar, and in the following year, he was sent to the monastery of Balamand as superior and as dean of the Theological Seminary founded, which in 1988 was transformed into an Orthodox University, the first in the Middle East. He has published a series of theological books and numerous articles. His Beatitude is an honorary doctor of Sorbonne and Saint-Petersburg (1981) and Minsk (2003) Theological Academies.
On Friday, November 30, 2012, His All-Holiness presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St. George for the celebration of the Patronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the occasion of the Feast of St. Andrew, First-Called of the Apostles. Other celebrant hierarchs included Metropolitans Geron Athanasios of Chalcedon, Apostolos of Derkoi, Gennadios of Italy, Chrysostomos of Simi, Apostolos of Militis, Joseph of Proikonnisos, Savas of Pittsburgh, Amphilochios of Kisamos and Selinos, Emmanuel of Kilkis, and Dionisios of Zakynthos.
On Sunday, November 18, 2012, His All-Holiness presided over the ordination of the newly-elected Metropolitan Athenagoras of Kydonion together with Metropolitans Geron Apostolos of Derkoi, Kyrillos of Imvros and Tenedos, Apostolos of Militi, Ireneos of Myriophyton and Peristasis, Emmanuel of France, Andreas of Arkalohori, George of Thebes, and Stephanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos at the Patriarchal Church of St. George. Among those in attendance was His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece. A reception followed at the Patriarchal Hall.
On Monday, November 12, 2012, Grand Homilist Bessarion presided over the Vespers Service on the occasion of the Feast of St. John Chrysostom together with Deacons Paisios and Gregory at the Patriarchal Church of St. George. His All-Holiness was is attendance as well as a number of bishops from Russia and pilgrims from Istanbul and Greece.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill officiates at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University22. November 2012 - 11:16
The 20th anniversary of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Humanitarian University was celebrated at the Hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in the evening of 18 November 2012.
In the month of November the Serbian Western Diocese had an honor of hosting one of the most renowned Orthodox theologians and philosophers of our time, professor Christo Yannaras from Athens, Greece, author of more than 50 books and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens.