To Your Holiness, Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus of Rome
In these special days for you I would like to express feelings of brotherly (fraternal) love in Christ and respect. The decision to leave the office of the bishop of Rome, which you announced on February 11 this year with humbleness and simplicity, has found a warm response in the hearts of millions of Catholics.
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.