On Saturday, October 30, 2011, the proclamation of the canonisation of Saint Simeon Stefan, Metropolitan of Transylvania, took place in the porch of the Reintegration Archiepiscopal Cathedral of Alba Iulia, in the presence of the Patriarch of Romania, of the Metropolitan of Patras, of the members of the Alexandrine and Greek delegations. Several hierarchs members of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church were also present.
On October 27, 2011, a day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world was held in Assisi, Italy, under the motto ‘Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace’.
On 22 October 2011, the great archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne,
Athenagoros celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St.
George the Victorious in the Phanar to mark the 20th anniversary of the election
and enthronement of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.
A little more than 3 million euro is needed to accomplish the building of an Orthodox church in Tallinn, major part of the sum will be granted by St.Andrew the First-Called Foundation, press service of the Estonian capital mayor office told Interfax.
Such decision was at a conference with city mayor Edgar Savisaar and the Foundation delegation headed by its first vice-president Mikhail Yakushev.
300 thousands of people venerated the Belt of the Holy Virgin when the shrine stayed in St.Petersburg, head of Andrew the First-Called Foundation press service Alexander Gatilin said.
The Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim Friday added its voice to that of the Maronite Patriarch Boutros Bechara Rahi, expressing his concern about the possible arrival of the "Salafis" (radical islamists) to power in Syria.
Patriarch Ignatius, who gave an interview to radio VDL, said that today Christians of Syria are free and united. The Patriarch emphasized that his concern related to possible changes in Syria. The head of the Antiochian Orthodox Church said that he would like to see the status to be preserved as it was in last thirty years, when nothing had not been committed against the Christians.