On March 10, 2011, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's department for external church relations, visited the residence of the US Ambassador in Moscow to meet with US Vice-President Joseph Biden who has come to Russia for a working visit. Metropolitan Hilarion was accompanied by Archimandrite Zacchaeus (Wood), representative of the Orthodox Church in America to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
On the first Sunday of the Lent, on the Orthodoxy Sunday, the Patriarch of Romanian celebrated the Divine Liturgy, assisted by a group of priests and deacons. To end with the Divine Liturgy, the 21 years of hierarchism of the Primate of the Romanian Orthodox Church were emphasised. His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel was ordained bishop on the Orthodoxy Sunday, on 4 March 1990, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Timisoara, by His Eminence Nestor, Metropolitan of Olteniei, His Eminence Nicolae, Metropolitan of Banat and by His Eminence Timotei, Archbishop of Arad.
On Sunday, March 6, 2011, His All-Holiness presided at the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchal Church of St. George in memory of the late Ecumencal Patriarch Constantine VI, whose remains were recently returned to the Phanar in order to be appropriately and respectfully laid to rest at Baloukli Monastery. Concelebrating hierarchs included Metropolitans Kyrillos of Imvros and Tenedos, John of Pergamon, Iakovos of the Princes Islands, Meliton of Philadelphia, Demetrios of Sebasteia, Constantine of Nea Ionia and Philadelphias, Chrysostomos of Myra and Theoliptos of Iconium.<1--break-->
In attendence were other hierarchs of the Throne, as well as the Hon. George Petroulakis, General Secretary of Communication of the Ministry of Interior of Greece, and Ambassador Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation Black Sea, and the Consul General of Greece in Istanbul, Vasileios Bornovas. Among the distinguished guests was the niece of the late Ecumenical Patriarch, Ms. Inglizoglou Helen.
Source: www.patriarchate.org (photo: Manginas)
A week-long inter-Orthodox consultation with the aim of studying the Faith and Order document "The Nature and Mission of the Church" began its work on Thursday 3 March in Ayia Napa, Cyprus. The aim of the consultation is to offer distinctly Orthodox insights as part of a world-wide discussion of the doctrine of the Church, or "ecclesiology". The gathering is hosted by the Orthodox Church of Cyprus.
The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit met with Archbishop Chrysostomos II of the Church of Cyprus and the president of Cyprus, Dr Demetris Christofias, in separate meetings Thursday in Nicosia.
As survivors begin to piece back their lives in the New Zealand city of Christchurch following a 6.3 magnitude quake that struck on February 22, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of New Zealand has initiated efforts to provide assistance to those who have lost homes and places of work. The death toll in Christchurch stands at 148, but authorities expect it to rise to near 200.