On Sunday, March 2, 2014, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew traveled to Hungary for a two-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
His All-Holiness was warmly received by Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén, Minister of State for Church and Minority and Non-governmental Relations, György Hölvényi, Greek Ambassador Dimitris Giannakakis, Turkish Ambassador Sakir Fakili, the Greek Embassy’s Deputy Head of Mission, Ioannis Stamatekos, Consul General of Hungary in Istanbul, Gábor Kiss, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chief of Protocol, Zoltán Nagy, and Senior Advisor/Protocol Officer Márta Pópáné Linka.
That evening, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew settled in the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest. The official Patriarchal delegation includes Metropolitan Emmanuel of France and Metropolitan Arsenios of Austria.
The feast of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher, marking nine centuries since his birth, was solemnly celebrated at the Hilandar Monastery
On the eve of the feast-day, February 28nd, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Ulpiana, Vicar of the Serbian Patriarch, as well as numerous guests from Mt. Athos and all the Serbian lands, arrived to the monastery. The Bishop was welcomed by the brotherhood and the abbot of the monastery. His Grace officiated the all-night Vigil service and the Hierarchal Liturgy next morning.
Message from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia regarding the situation in Ukraine, on 2 March 2014.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the following Message to Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See of Kiev, Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina, to the Archpastors, Pastors and All the Faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on the Situation in Ukraine:
Your Eminence Onufry Beloved in the Lord, Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See of Kiev,
On 24 February 2014, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, visited Athens and met with His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece.
The participants in the meeting discussed various issues of the bilateral relations between the Russian and the Greek Orthodox Churches, as well as some questions of the pan-Orthodox agenda, and shared their opinions on the situation of Christians in the Middle East and other regions.
On February 24, 2014, a meeting of the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church took place, reports Patriarchia.ru. According to the statutes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Agathangel of Odessa and Izmayil, the senior (according to consecration) permanent member of the Synod, presided over the meeting.
On February 22, 2014, in the Georgian town of Mtskheta—the former capital of the early Georgian kingdom of Iberia—a significant event happened at the Samtavro Convent, which Orthodox Christians of Georgia and all over the world had waited with great reverence and love. The holy relics of the great elder and wonder-worker, Blessed Father Gabriel (Urgebadze), fool-for-Christ, were uncovered.