As survivors begin to piece back their lives in the New Zealand city of Christchurch following a 6.3 magnitude quake that struck on February 22, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of New Zealand has initiated efforts to provide assistance to those who have lost homes and places of work. The death toll in Christchurch stands at 148, but authorities expect it to rise to near 200.
On February 14, 2011, Saint Nicholas Church and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Manhattan against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as well as other agencies and individuals, in order to foster the rebuilding at Ground Zero of the only house of worship destroyed by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
New directories have been created for the Assembly of Bishops. In addition to the initial Directories of the Bishops and of the Parishes, three new directories have been added: the Directories of Military Chaplains, of Male Monastic Communities and of Female Monastic Communities. In addition, the Parish Directory has been updated to now include the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in the U.S.
His Eminence Metropolitan Bartolomeu Anania passed away. A press release of the Press Office of the Archdiocese of Vad, Feleac and Cluj informs:
'It is with much regret and sorrow in our souls, as well as with the hope in the mercy and comfort coming from God, that the Eparchial Council of the Archdiocese of Vad, Feleac and Cluj announces that on 31 January 2011, 19.25 hours, our father, Archbishop and Metropolitan Bartolomeu Anania began his journey to the Kingdom of Heaven. The decease occurred at the Intensive Therapy Section of the Surgery Clinic I of Cluj-Napoca. Surrounded by physicians, friends, disciples and close collaborators, the body of His Eminence Bartolomeu could no longer fight against the many affections that marked the last period of his life. The body of the one who was Archbishop of Vad, Feleac and Cluj and Metropolitan of Cluj, Alba, Crisana and Maramures for 18 years will be laid in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Cluj-Napoca, where all those who wish can bring him one last homage.
Meeting the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus at the Sheremetievo airport were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations (DECR); Metropolitan Athanasius of Kyrenaica, representative of the Patriarch of Alexandria to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia; Archbishop Mark of Yegorievsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Management of Institutions Abroad; archpriest Nikolai Balashov, DECR deputy chairman; Rev. Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for Inter-Orthodox relations; H.T. Petros Kestoras, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cyprus to the Russian Federation; and Prof. Valery Alekseyev, president of the International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations.