11 April 2017. His Holiness Aram I announced the appointment of Archbishop Khoren Toghtamadjian as Pontifical Vicar of Cyprus. The Archbishop assumes this responsibility after serving as Staff Bearer, teacher in the Armenian schools, Supervisor and Vice Dean of the Seminary, Diocesan Bishop of Thessaloniki (1995-2004) and Prelate of the Diocese of Greece (2004-2017).
Catholicos Aram I expressed his confidence that Archbishop Khoren will continue serving the Armenian Church as Pontifical Vicar of Cyprus with the same commitment he has shown in his previous positions.
His Eminence Dr. Porfirije, Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana, sent an Easter message to the Archbishop of Zagreb, His Eminence Cardinal Josip Bozanic and all the faithful of the Catholic Church:
- Your Eminence Cardinal, wishing most sincerely and brotherly that You may spend the forth-coming feast-days in peace, joy and love, I congratulate to You, Your clergy, all your colleagues and to all the faithful of the Catholic Church a Happy and God blessed greatest Christian Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and greet You with the most joyous greeting:
Christ is Risen - Indeed He is Risen!
On Holy and Great Tuesday morning, 29th March/11th April 2017, the pilgrims’ baptism took place as a seal of their pilgrimage theory, at the bank of the river Jordan, at the place where our Lord Jesus Christ was baptized by St. John the Baptist. Pilgrims were from Greece and other Orthodox countries. The service was led by the Patriarchal Commissioner Most Reverend Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias, with the participation of approximately 700 pilgrims.
Orthodox believers from Ukraine and various corners of the earth will walk the Via Dolorosa, or Way of Sorrow, bearing copies of famous wonderworking icons of the Mother of God from Ukraine, reports the site of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
“Every year, on Holy Friday in Jerusalem they have a cross procession along those streets where the feet of Christ the Savior stepped, Who bore His heavy Cross. The rite of this procession is celebrated every year, headed by His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine,” said Met. Anthony (Pakanich), Chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Several Egyptian churches in the southern city of Minya said on Tuesday that they will cut back on Easter festivities in solidarity with the families of 45 Coptic Christians killed in the attacks in Egypt’s northern cities of Tanta and Alexandria earlier this week. The Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese said in a statement that, in mourning for victims of the twin terror attacks during Palm Sunday ceremonies, their celebrations will be limited to the liturgical prayers.
Deputies of the Russian State Duma have proposed replacing the bells at St. Thekla Orthodox Monastery in Maaloula, Syria, reports Interfax-Religion. “We, the members of the committee and panel for the protection of Christian values have addressed the patriarch with an offer to replace the bells in place of those earlier stolen from the Monastery of St. Thekla,” said Sergei Gavrilov, head of the Duma committee for the development of civil society and religious organizations. The legislator added that he and other Duma deputies from the Syrian relations group had personally been to St. Thekla’s while in Syria to visit Russian troops there. They saw firsthand the consequences of its capture by terrorists.