On Monday, February 25, 2013, following a personal invitation from the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, His All-Holiness met with the Chancellor of Germany, the Hon. Angela Merkel, at the residence of the Prime Minister in Ankara. His All-Holiness was accompanied by Fr. Joachim, Undersecretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod, and Mr. Lakis Vingas, representative of the minority institutions with the General Board of Foundations in Ankara.
On Thursday, February 21, 2013, Mr. Constantine Dimtsas, the Director of the charitable organization "Mission" of the Archdiocese of Athens visited the Phanar and was received by the Ecumenical Patriarch. In light of 2013 as "the year of solidarity," Mr. Dimtsas informed His All-Holiness about the programs of the organization.
On 23rd February 2013 His Beatitude Theodoros II Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by His Grace Innokentios Bishop of Burundi and Rwanda and other colleagues of the Missionary effort in Bujumbura, visited the settlement developed in the Buramata district with the cooperation of the Government of Burundi, belonging to the Holy Diocese and the NGO “Doctors of the Heart” from Greece, which hosts 600 orphaned children, victims of the civil war of the past.
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church elected today Metropolitan Neofit of Ruse, as the new patriarch. On behalf of the Serbian Orthodox Church Bishop Jovan of Nis and Bishop Јован of Sumadia were present at the enthronement ceremony.
On 21stFebruary 2013 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, having completed his pastoral visit to the Holy Metropolis of Irinopolis in Tanzania, arrived after midnight in Bujumbura, capital of Burundi and see of the Holy diocese of Burundi and Rwanda for his first missionary visit to this country, accompanied by the Very Reverend Archimandrite Meletios Koumanis, Hegumen of the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of St Savvas in Alexandria.