Over 5 thsd people came to the first patriarchal prayer for new school year at Christ the Savior Cathedral31. August 2010 - 15:57
On Tuesday morning, over 5 thousand schoolchildren, students, their parents and teachers have come to a prayer service dedicated to the beginning of a new school year first time ever conducted by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
"We'll pray for your successes," the Patriarch said before he began.
Most Reverend Grand Chancellor Archbishop Zycinski, Most Learned and Reverend Rector Dr. Stanislaw Wilk, Esteemed Members of the Senate, Most Learned Professors and Students of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Your Eminences and Graces, Distinguished Guests, Beloved children and people of God:
We gratefully accept this invaluable honor of being received into the doctoral college of this esteemed Roman Catholic academic institution. We welcome this privilege as recognition of the sacred ministry of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, an Apostolic institution with a history spanning seventeen centuries, throughout retaining its See in Constantinople.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes two hundred churches that are to be built by Moscow city authorities in frames of a special program are not enough. "If we take a relative figure that corresponds to the statistics of Baptism (about 80% of ethnically Orthodox population) then to take (Moscow - IF) figure to the average Russian rate of 11 200 people per parish, we need 591 churches more," the Patriarch said on Monday at a special session in Moscow dedicated to the mentioned program.
A commemorative cross will be erected at the yard of the destroyed school in Beslan on September 2, then an Orthodox church will be built here to commemorate victims of the terrorist act, the local administration told Interfax on Thursday. Besides, this year the plan of mourning events includes concert-requiem Memory of the Heart suggested by Mothers of Beslan committee.
CNN International will air a program entitled "Turkey's Dwindling Greek Christians" as part of its series "World's Untold Stories." The program will air on the CNN International Channel (look for it in your local cable, satellite listings) as follows:
* Saturday, Aug. 28: (GMT) 13:30, 20:00 - (EDT, New York) 9:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m.
* Sunday, Aug. 29: (GMT) 12:00, 20:30 - (EDT, New York) 8:00 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
* Monday, Aug. 30: (GMT) 03:00
* Tuesday, Aug. 31: (GMT) 12:30, 17:30 - (EDT, New York) 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
On Thursday 26th August 2010, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa met with His Excellency the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Mr. Artur Tahir oglu Rasizade, in the framework of his journey to the Caucasus of South Russia.
During their lengthy talks His Beatitude informed His Excellency the Prime Minister about the historic path of the Alexandrian Church as well as of its multifaceted missionary, philanthropic, educational and social activities in the countries of Africa for the suffering people.