The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America held its third annual meeting for all member hierarchs, that is, all active canonical bishops in its region. The meeting was held from September 10-12, 2012, at the Chicago O'Hare Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. Forty-three bishops were in attendance.
The first plenary session opened on Monday morning, and began with prayer, followed by an address to the assembled hierarchs by the Chairman of the Assembly, Demetrios, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (his address will soon be posted on the Assembly website).The Archbishop expressed the sorrow of all present for the loss of Metropolitan Constantine of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the U.S., who fell asleep in the Lord since the last meeting of the Assembly. He also noted the absence of two brother bishops who had recently retired, Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh and Metropolitan Jonah of Washington, D.C. Moreover, he welcomed the new bishops joining the Assembly since May 2011, the time of its last meeting: Bishop Sevastianos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Bishops Anthony, John, and Nicholas of the Antiochian Archdiocese, Bishop Daniil of the Bulgarian Diocese, Bishop Alexander of the Orthodox Church in America, and the newly-consecrated Bishop Pankratij of the Metropolis of Mexico.
Metropolitan Cornelius of Estonia and Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savasaar have led a ceremony to unveil a statue of Russian Patriarch Alexy II outside an Orthodox church being built in the Estonian capital.
"Building a monument to the late Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II in Tallinn is appropriate to do to acknowledge his contribution to the history of the Russian Orthodox Church in Estonia", Metropolitan Cornelius of Tallinn and All Estonia told the media.
Alexy was born in Estonia and spent 25 years in the post of Archbishop of Tallinn. In 1990, he was elected Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia and held this job until his death in 1998. In 2003, Patriarch Alexy laid down the foundation stone of the Tallinn church that now has statue in its precinct.
Source: pravoslavie.ru, the Voice of Russia
Primate of Russian Church leads celebrations in Moscow on occasion of 200th anniversary of Russia’s victory in Patriotic War of 181213. September 2012 - 12:34
On 9 September 2012, the 14th week after Pentecost, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia led the celebrations in Moscow, marking the 200th anniversary of Russia’s victory in the Patriotic War of 1812.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America presided on September 11, 2012 at a memorial prayer service for the victims of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and a prayer for the health and well being of their families and the survivors.
On 14-18 September 2012, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will visit Japan. The visit is timed to the centenary of the demise of St Nicholas of Japan, Equal-to-the-Apostles.
On September 6, 2012, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, received a delegation of religious leaders from the Syrian Arab Republic. It included Sheikh Ahmed Badreddin Hassoun, Supreme Mufti of Syria, and Bishop Luke of Seidnaya (Orthodox Church of Antioch). They were accompanied by Syria’a Ambassador to Moscow Dr. Riad Haddad, and Mufti Farid Salman Khaidarov, chairman of the Council of Ulamas of the Russian Association of Islamic Accord (All-Russia’s Muftiate).
The DECR was represented by Archpriest Sergiy Zvonarev secretary for the far abroad, and Deacon Dimitry Safonov of the DECR secretariat for the far abroad.
Metropolitan Hilarion welcomed the guests and conveyed them a greeting from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.