Orthodox Churches

Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria Offers Condolences to Russia Over Recent Tragic Accident

Patriarch Neophyte of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church offered his condolences over the tragic plane crash in which hundreds of Russian citizens lost their lives in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday.

An official letter sent by the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church reads, as follows: “On this mournful day, when the clergy and the nation prayed for the peace of the soul of Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria at his grave in Troyan, we were deeply sorrowed to hear the tragic news about the death of 224 Russian citizens in a plane crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Pastoral visit of the Patriarch of Alexandria to Uganda

Pastoral visit of the Patriarch of Alexandria to Uganda
Pastoral visit of the Patriarch of Alexandria to Uganda
Pastoral visit of the Patriarch of Alexandria to Uganda
Pastoral visit of the Patriarch of Alexandria to Uganda

On Monday 2nd November 2015, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by His Eminence Narkissos Metropolitan of Noubea, arrived in Entebbe, Uganda via Nairobi, for a Pastoral Visit to the Holy Metropolis of Kampala.

Letter of Condolence following Air Crash

His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, who is already on a Missionary journey in Uganda, sent a letter of condolence to Patriarch Kyril of Moscow, following the plane crash which took place in Sinai yesterday, in which more than 200 Russian passengers were tragically killed on their way from Sarm el Seih in Egypt to St Petersburg.

The test of the letter is as follows:

DECR chairman meets with Franklin Graham, President of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

On 28 October 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion met with Franklin Graham, President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, at the parish residence of the Church of ‘Joy to All the Afflicted’ icon of the Mother of God.

In a friendly atmosphere they discussed issues pertaining to the development of cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association mostly in humanitarian field and defence of traditional moral values.

A Delegation of the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) visits the Jerusalem Patriarchate

On Saturday, the 11th/25th of October 2015, a delegation of the National Council of Churches in Korea, consisting of twenty Koreans, visited the Patriarchate on the encouragement of Metropolitan Ambrose of Korea.

Patriarch Theophilos welcomed the head of the delegation, who addressed His Beatitude in Korean, on behalf of all, expressing their joy for visiting the Holy Land and meeting the Head of religious leaders in Jerusalem. A female interpreter translated into Greek and was congratulated by the Patriarch for her performance.

The Feast of the Translation of the Relics of St Savvas the Sanctified

On Monday, the 13th/26th of October 2015, the Patriarchate observed the feast of the translation of the relics of St Savvas the Sanctified to the Monastery that was founded by him in the desert of Judea, on the west bank of Cedars stream.

The feast, set by the Patriarchate of Jerusalem on the 13th/26th of October, commemorates the fact that on the aforementioned day of the year 1965, the relics of St Savvas the Sanctified, that had been taken by the Crusaders to Venice, were returned by the Roman Catholic Church to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. At the time, the relics were accompanied by Metropolitan Basil of Caesarea and Germanus of Petra, the current Metropolitan of Nazareth, Kyriakos, then a deacon, and Archimandrite Seraphim of St Savvas Monastery. The relics were officially received at David’s Gate and for one week were exhibited for veneration at the Church of the Resurrection. Since then, the relics have been kept at the katholikon of St Savvas Monastery.

The President of Georgia visits the Jerusalem Patriarchate

The President of Georgia visits the Jerusalem Patriarchate
The President of Georgia visits the Jerusalem Patriarchate
The President of Georgia visits the Jerusalem Patriarchate
The President of Georgia visits the Jerusalem Patriarchate

On Monday, the 6th/19th of October 2015, His Excellency the President of Georgia, Mr Giorgi Margvelasvili, visited the Patriarchate. He was accompanied by his esteemed wife, the Ambassador of Georgia to Israel and associates of his.