Under the auspices of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodoros II and in collaboration with the Roman Catholic Missionary Community of St. Egidio, International Conference under the title: "Saint Mark, the Apostle of Christianity in Egypt", will be held at the Seat of the Patriarchate on 24 April, on the occasion of St. Mark's celebration.
Conference's goal is to trace and evaluate the life and work of the Apostle and Evangelist St. Mark, the founder of the Alexandrian Church. Particular emphasis will be given to the role played by St. Mark in the propagation and consolidation of Christianity in Egypt, as well as in the historical development of the Alexandrian Church. Moreover it will be examined the framework that enabled Apostle Mark to write the most ancient of the four Gospels, known as the Gospel of Jesus Christ's miracles, as well as the impact that his Gospel exercised in spreading the Christian message in world level. Finally it will be presented the diachronic contribution of Apostle and Evangelist Mark in molding the spiritual and missionary activity of the Alexandrian Throne in the African continent.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, during his primatial visit to Azerbaijan, attended a meeting of the CIS Interreligious Council, which took place on 25 April 2010 at the Caucasus Muslim Board. Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshuqur Pasha-zade, chairman of the Caucasus Muslim Board, made introductory remarks. The participants honoured with a silence minute the memory of the late Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia.
The missionary movement associated with Fr Daniil Sysoyev is promoting a number of cultural and religious initiatives among Chinese students in Russia. Fr Sysoyev is the Orthodox Russian Orthodox priest who was shot four times and killed by an unknown gunman in his Moscow church last November.
A guided visit to the Monastery of Saint Sergii for Chinese residents in Moscow was one of the first steps taken by the "Prophet Daniil movement".
On 13th April 2010, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa warmly welcomed His Eminence Archbishop Leon of Karelia and All Finland to the centuries-old Holy Monastery of St George in Old Cairo. Immediately following the visit to the Church of the Holy Monastery, His Beatitude thanked His Eminence for his contribution to the missionary work in Africa, especially the Holy Metropolis of Kenya.
On Monday 12th April 2010, His Beatitude Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia visited the Monastery of St George in Old Cairo, accompanied by His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. The Venerable Primates were welcomed by His Grace Niphon Bishop Babylonos, Hegumen of the Holy Monastery.
Immediately following the Patriarchal Con-celebration of the Divine Liturgy, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa awarded the highest distinction of the ancient Patriarchate, the Great Cross of the Apostle Mark to His Beatitude Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, in the Throne Room of the Patriarchal Mansion. The two primates had met privately prior to this in His Beatitude's Private Patriarchal Office.