The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America officially signed an agreement today on rebuilding the church of St. Nicholas, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that he, joined by Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, representatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and St. Nicholas Parish and Majority Leader Dean Skelos, signed the agreement that permits the rebuilding of the Church with a nondenominational bereavement center at the east end of Liberty Park, at 130 Liberty Street. The agreement follows a four-month independent engineering study commissioned by the Port Authority and the Archdiocese, which found that the Church could be built on the site with minor modifications to the original plan and with no impact on the World Trade Center construction schedule.
Yesterday there was five years since the death of Metropolitan Arsenios of Plovdiv. On this occasion His Grace Metropolitan Nikolai of Plovdiv served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy for the repose of his soul and the commemoration to Bishop Arsenios of blessed repose in Cathedral church of the Ascension of the Most Holy Mother of God in Plovdiv where many people gathered.
On Saturday, September 25th / October 8th 2011, two large groups of pilgrims from Serbia one with eighty members and another with forty members constituting the Church Choir Branko of Nis in Serbia and a forty-member group from Thessaloniki visited the Patriarchate.
In his statement published below, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church expresses support for the suffering Egyptian Christians.
‘The Russian Orthodox Church has followed the developments in Egypt with concern and bitterness. Blood has been spilt and Christian churches have been destroyed again. There is another manifestation of growing intolerance towards Christians and their legal and physical vulnerability in the Egyptian society.
In connection with new attacks against Christians in Egypt, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the following message to Shenouda III, the Pope and Patriarch of the Coptic Church:
To: His Holiness SHENOUDA III
Pope of Alexandria and
Patriarch of the Throne of St. Mark in All Africa and the Middle East