On Sunday, September 26th /October 9th 2011, a small group of pilgrims from Georgia visited the Patriarchate as a delegation on behalf of the Patriarchate of Georgia. The delegation was led by the secretary of the Patriarchate of Georgia Mrs. S. Tinatin and members of the Embassy of Georgia in Tel-Aviv.
The above mentioned delegation was accepted at the Patriarchate by His Holy Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos who, welcoming them, spoke about the duty of the sister Orthodox Churches to cooperate based on mutual respect, love and peace in Christ for the benefit and interests of the souls of their congregation.
Georgia celebrates the day of Mtskheta city and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is celebrated today, October 14. Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II served the Liturgy at the Svetitskhoveli church today at 10:00am. Special busses were made available at Patriarchate for people to attend church service, reports the Georgian news agency, Interpress News.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a Georgian Orthodox cathedral located in the historical town of Mtskheta, Kartli region, 20 km (12.5 miles) northwest of the nation's capital of Tbilisi. The Georgian Orthodox Church also marks today the commemoration of Georgian St. King Miriani and Queen Nana (4th century), as well as St. Sidonia and Abiatara.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America officially signed an agreement today on rebuilding the church of St. Nicholas, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that he, joined by Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, representatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and St. Nicholas Parish and Majority Leader Dean Skelos, signed the agreement that permits the rebuilding of the Church with a nondenominational bereavement center at the east end of Liberty Park, at 130 Liberty Street. The agreement follows a four-month independent engineering study commissioned by the Port Authority and the Archdiocese, which found that the Church could be built on the site with minor modifications to the original plan and with no impact on the World Trade Center construction schedule.
Yesterday there was five years since the death of Metropolitan Arsenios of Plovdiv. On this occasion His Grace Metropolitan Nikolai of Plovdiv served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy for the repose of his soul and the commemoration to Bishop Arsenios of blessed repose in Cathedral church of the Ascension of the Most Holy Mother of God in Plovdiv where many people gathered.
In connection with new attacks against Christians in Egypt, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the following message to Shenouda III, the Pope and Patriarch of the Coptic Church:
To: His Holiness SHENOUDA III
Pope of Alexandria and
Patriarch of the Throne of St. Mark in All Africa and the Middle East