His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has appealed to the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain to grant pardon to Asia Bibi (Asia Noreen), a Christian woman who has been imprisoned and sentenced to death:
The appeal of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
for pardon to the Christian woman Asia Bibi
The Google Culture Academy has launched a joint project with the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in the beginning of October, 2014.
With the help of the Street View technology, the interior and exterior territories of the Lavra have been completely digitized. People all around the world are now able to make a virtual journey to the monastery and have a look inside its churches, examine world-famous icons painted by Andrei Rublev, and a silver shrine with the Holy Relics of the Venerable Sergius; and also to learn more about the construction and the development of the monastery after having visited this digital exhibition.
On 25 October 2014, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem and His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania were received at Cotroceni, by the President of Romania, Mr. Traian Basescu.
Following the proposal of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, His Beatitude Theophilos III was awarded the National Order of “Romania’s Star” in Great Cross degree on behalf of the President of Romania.
On Friday, the 4th/ 17th of October 2014, the Palestinian Bible Society hosted an event at the “Convention Center” of the Palestinian Autonomy, between Bethlehem and Hebron. His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, attended the event, accompanied by the Elder Secretary-General, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Archdeacon Evlogios, priests from the occupied areas, i.e. the Hagiotaphite Protosyncellus Leontios, vicar in Rafidia; f. Emmanuel, vicar in Aboud Community; f. Boulos, vicar in Beit-Jalla; and f. Issa Mousleh, the Arab-speaking Mass Media Liaison – as well as faithful from the Patriarchate’s Orthodox flock.
October 18, 2014 – the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in Valance, department of Drome, France, at numerous requests of Orthodox town people and with the blessing of Bishop Nestor of Chersonese. The Sacrament of the Eucharist was celebrated in the Catholic church of St. Peter, the First Apostle, offered to the Orthodox community in Valance by the local Catholic diocese.
On the eve of the great feast day of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God, on October 13th of this year, at the St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America held its meeting. The brotherly assembly began with prayer, at noon, serving an Akathist Hymn to St. Nicholai of Zica and Ochrid. His Grace Kyr Longin, Bishop of New Gracanica – Midwestern American Diocese officiated. Following the service, Vladika addressed the clergy and all present with fatherly words, invoked God's blessing on all, and wished a successful assembly. In the monastery's dormitory a delicious lunch was served to the gathering of clergy, students of the School of Theology, and other guests.