In Corfu, western Greece, arrived at 11:00 am today Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who responded to the invitation of Archbishop Nektarios of Corfu, Paxos and Diapontia Islands to visit the island as part of the celebration of its patron saint, St. Spyridon, on this coming Friday, December 12.
On 7 December 2014, after the Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Cathedral of Three Saint Doctors in Paris, Bishop Nestor of Korsun handed over to Baron Tiesenhausen an award from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia – the Order of the Holy and Right-believing Prince Daniel of Moscow, 2nd class.
On the morning of Friday, December, 5, 2014, His All-Holiness visited the seat of the United Nations in Geneva, together with his entourage, where he was warmly welcomed by Michael Møller, Acting Director of the United Nations Office at Geneva as well as of the Economic Commission for Europe. Also present was Ambassador Alexandros Alexandris, Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations. At the conclusion of the visit, Mr. Møller presented to the Ecumenical Patriarch a folder containing copies of historical documents preserved in the Library of the League of Nations, relating to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek Community in Turkey.
On 7 December 2014, the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr celebrated its patronal feast.
On the eve of the commemoration day, the All-Night Vigil was celebrated by Archbishop Amvrosy of Peterhof, rector of the St. Petersburg theological academy and seminary.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Archbishop Amvrosy officiated at the Divine Liturgy celebrated on the feast day.
On 26 November 2014, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa convened at an appointed Session under the Chairmanship of His Beatitude Theodoros II, in the Board Room of the Holy Synod.
Prior to the Session a Divine Liturgy was served at the Patriarchal Chapel of Ss Theodori. The meeting began immediately thereafter. The deliberations were opened by His Beatitude, greeting the Synodal members. His Eminence Makarios Metropolitan of Kenya replied on behalf of their Metropolitans and Bishops. His Beatitude briefed the Holy Synod at length on the work undertaken during the past year in all facets of the Ecclesiastical ministry of the Patriarchate.
On December 8, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will head the consecration of the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh at the theological and educational center of the Tsarskoe Selo Deanery, reports the Synodal Information Department.