The Bulgarian Orthodox Church elected today Metropolitan Neofit of Ruse, as the new patriarch. On behalf of the Serbian Orthodox Church Bishop Jovan of Nis and Bishop Јован of Sumadia were present at the enthronement ceremony.
On Sunday 17th February 2013, the day on which the Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of the Holy Great Martyr Theodore of Tyre, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa celebrated his name day with a Patriarchal Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of St Paraskeve in Dar-es-Salaam in the Holy Metropolis of Irinopolis where he is at present on a missionary journey, with con-celebrants His Eminence Ieronymos Metropolitan of Mwanza and His Eminence Dimitrios of Irinopolis.
His Grace Bishop Dr. Jovan of Nis participated in the 19th International Conference on the theme Traditional Values and Democratic Freedoms in Modern World, in Varna beginning on 18 February 2013. After the introductory address, in which he conveyed warm greetings from both Serbian Patriarch Irinej and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Bishop Jovan delivered a lecture on the theme: Saint John Chrysostom: Liturgical Ethos and Modernity.
On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, Metropolitan Ireneos of Myriophyton and Peristasis presided over the Divine Liturgy together with the parish priest Archimandrite Agathangelos, Patriarchal Deacon Nephon, and Deacon Stephen from Romania for the commemoration of the Feast of St. Theodore the New Martyr of Byzantium at the Dormition of the Theotokos Koumariotissa Church in Nihori.
From February 14 to June 3 the all-Ukrainian Cross procession with a particle of the Holy and Life-giving Cross of the Lord and relics of Saints Constantine and Helen, Equals-to-the-Apostles, has been passing through towns of the Ukraine. The prayer procession is devoted to the 1700th anniversary of promulgation of the edict of Milan by Emperor Constantine and will be visiting 51 Ukrainian towns.
The Russian Orthodox Church’s delegation led by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, took part in the celebrations on the occasion of the enthronement of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of the Great Antioch of All the East.