On Wednesday, March 17, 2010, secondary school students from Italy and Greece visited His All Holiness at the Phanar.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's department for external church relations, took part on 2 March 2010 in the inauguration of the Holy Rus exhibition at the Louvre, which was opened by the Presidents of Russia and France. The idea to organize this exhibition was supported by the late Patriarch Alexy II in 2008 during a visit of Louvre Director Henri Loyrette to Moscow.
Greek Orthodox Church Patriarch, His Beatitude Teodros II expressed appreciation to religious tolerance in Ethiopia. The Patriarch who was here on an eight-day visit to Ethiopia said up on his departure to home at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport that he was impressed with the tolerance in which the various religious sects live with in the country.
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople's newest encyclical encourages dialogue between the Orthodox Church and other Christian churches and laments those who are "unacceptably fanatical" in challenging such dialogue. He specifically condemned the false rumors spread about Catholic-Orthodox dialogue. Patriarch Bartholomew's patriarchal and synodal encyclical was dated Feb. 21, Orthodoxy Sunday, when the Orthodox Church celebrates the defeat of the iconoclastic heresy.
Eastern Orthodox Christians of Colorado are celebrating solidarity with historic vespers services with three bishops and local clergy at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4610 E. Alameda Ave. in Denver. This would be the first time three bishops of the Eastern Orthodox Worldwide Communion have celebrated together at a Colorado service.
Indifference in regard to Christian unity is not an option for the disciples of Jesus, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated in an encyclical issued on the occasion of the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
"It is not possible for the Lord to agonize over the unity of His disciples and for us to remain indifferent about the unity of all Christians," Bartholomew wrote in the encyclical. The Sunday of Orthodoxy is commemorated this year on 21 February.
The encyclical refutes "fanatical" challenges brought against theological dialogues among different Orthodox churches and against ecumenical contacts with the wider community of Christians by "certain circles that exclusively claim for themselves the title of zealot and defender of Orthodoxy."