On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, His All-Holiness presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Monastery of Halki on the occasion of the Feast of St. Photios, former Patriarch of Constantinople as well as traditionally considered Founder of the same Monastery and Patron Saint of the Halki Theological School. Following the Divine Liturgy, His All-Holiness elevated Fr. Samuel, who serves at the Monastery, to the rank of Archimandrite.
2013 – Solemn Year of Saints Emperors Constantine and Helen and Commemorative Year of “Dumitru Staniloae” at the Romanian Patriarchate
On 19th January 2013, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, received the courtesy call in the Patriarchal See of the Melkite Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch and All the East, who was in Egypt. During the meeting best wishes were exchanged for the New year and the situation of the Christians in the Middle East was discussed. His Beatitude had the opportunity of presenting the missionary and philanthropic activities of the Alexandrian Patriarchate and Patriarch Gregorios with warm words expressed his admiration for the missionary work being undertaken by the Alexandrian Church on the African continent.
The Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Churches began its work at the Hall of Church Councils in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on 2 February 2013. 290 archpastors from 247 dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) were invited to take part in the Council. They arrived from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Latvia, Lithuania, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Estonia, and from some far abroad countries in which the ROC dioceses exist.
Statement by the Communication Service of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations
In January 2013, a wave of the defilement of Orthodox churches and burial places has swept Kosovo.
According to the press service of the Raska-Prizren diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the 19th century Church of the Holy Trinity at the Babljak village near Urosevac was plundered and defiled. In 1999, it survived arson by extremists.