On April 4, 2012, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic, at the patriarchal residence in St. Daniel’s Monastery.
In the course of their talk, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church expressed, in particular, his concern for the situation of Serbs in Kosovo. ‘This theme is constantly present in our thoughts and in our prayers’, he said.
The Appeal was adopted as a result of the meeting of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Supreme Church Council held at the Church of Christ the Saviour on 3 April 2012.
The Russian Orthodox Church, while fulfilling her mission of preaching the Gospel, demonstrates an active position on many burning issues and actively participates in the solution of many topical social problems. The help to the thousands of people during fires of 2010, fund raising and collections of material goods for disadvantaged categories of citizens, various kinds of work with children and the youth, and the coming of many thousands of people to venerate the Cincture of the Most Holy Mother of God, have shown the ability of the Church to unite millions of people in prayer, good deeds, and concern for people’s future. Regrettably, not all people rejoice and accept all this.
On the invitation of His Beatitude Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, and in the framework of the pastoral care of the Senior Patriarchates of the Middle East and the Apostolic Church of Cyprus, arrived today, 27th March 2012, Their Beatitudes, Patriarch Theodoros II, of Alexandria and All Africa, Patriarch Ignatius IV, of Antioch and all the East, and Patriarch Theophilos III, of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, to participate in the Synaxis of the primates of the Orthodox Churches, in order to discuss the situation of the Christians in the region of the Middle East and to find ways of solidarity, strengthening and support of the Christians to maintain their presence in their ancestral homes.
Byzantine frescoes, dating back to the 13th century, illegally exported from the island’s Turkish occupied northern part, are now back home, exhibited in Nicosia.
The frescoes finally arrived home a fortnight ago, decades after their removal from a church in the occupied areas following the 1974 Turkish invasion, are now on exhibition at the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation, at the Archbishopric Palace in Nicosia.
The frescoes had been stolen from the church of Saint Euphemianos in Lysi village and were cut into 38 pieces by thieves intending to sell them on the black market.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos pointed out that the ultimate goal of the Cyprus Church and the Government is for the frescoes to return to their home, the Saint Euphemianos church in Lysi, where they belong.
With the blessing of Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and with the moral and material support of friends of the Greek mission, the construction works of the first Orthodox Church in Rwanda, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, has begun.
With the support of the "Brotherhood of Orthodox External Missions of Thessaloniki" the church is built in Nyamata, two kilometers from the new international airport.