On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in a formal reception in honor of the church and religious leaders by Pope Francis, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew represented the christian and faith communities in a special address to the Pope. The Patriarch's attendance at the papal inaugural mass was a historic initiative on the part of Patriarch Bartholomew inasmuch as it was the first time in history that an Ecumenical Patriarch was personally present at a papal installation.
Vatican, March 20, 2013
In the name of the Lord of powers, we wholeheartedly congratulate You on the inspired election and deserved assumption of Your new high duties as First Bishop of the venerable Church of Senior Rome, defined by the primacy of love.
On Tuesday, the 21st of March / 3rd of April 2012, His Beatitude Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III inaugurated the new wing of our Patriarchate’s school in Taybeh.
According to Romfea, the head of the Orthodox Church of Czech lands and Slovakia, Metropolitan Christopher, decides to retire from the present office. He did this for “the good and peace in the Church”.
On Friday 5th April 2013, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa officiated at the service of the third Stasis of the Salutations to the Most Holy Theotokos at the community Church of the Glorious Saints Constantine and Helen, Equal to the Apostle, in Cairo, accompanied by the Patriarchal Vicar of Cairo His Grace Nikodimos, Bishop of Nitria, and His Grace Niphon of Babylonia, Hegumen of the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of St George in Old Cairo, and in the presence of His Excellency the Ambassador for Greece in Cairo Mr. Christodoulos Lazaris, Members of the Management Committee of the Hellenic Community of Cairo and many faithful.
On 3 April 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Post-Graduate and Doctoral Studies, professor of the Moscow Theological Academy and of the University of Fribourg, opened a conference on “Episcopal Ordination and Episcopal Ministry according to Catholic and Orthodox Doctrine and Canon Law” at the University of Fribourg. Taking part in the conference, which will last four days, are bishops and theologians from the Roman Cath0olic Church and the Orthodox Churches, faculty and students of the universities of Switzerland.