Thessaloniki: His Beatitude John X – the Patriarch of Antioch and All East made an apostolic visit to the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos. The Patriarch and the delegation from the Church of Antioch were welcomed by the Monks. A special welcome was held at the Vatopedi monastery for the delegation under the auspicious patronage of Abbot Archimandrite Elder Efrem.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has appealed to the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain to grant pardon to Asia Bibi (Asia Noreen), a Christian woman who has been imprisoned and sentenced to death:
The appeal of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
for pardon to the Christian woman Asia Bibi
The Google Culture Academy has launched a joint project with the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in the beginning of October, 2014.
With the help of the Street View technology, the interior and exterior territories of the Lavra have been completely digitized. People all around the world are now able to make a virtual journey to the monastery and have a look inside its churches, examine world-famous icons painted by Andrei Rublev, and a silver shrine with the Holy Relics of the Venerable Sergius; and also to learn more about the construction and the development of the monastery after having visited this digital exhibition.
On 25 October 2014, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem and His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania were received at Cotroceni, by the President of Romania, Mr. Traian Basescu.
Following the proposal of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, His Beatitude Theophilos III was awarded the National Order of “Romania’s Star” in Great Cross degree on behalf of the President of Romania.
On Friday, the 4th/ 17th of October 2014, the Palestinian Bible Society hosted an event at the “Convention Center” of the Palestinian Autonomy, between Bethlehem and Hebron. His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, attended the event, accompanied by the Elder Secretary-General, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Archdeacon Evlogios, priests from the occupied areas, i.e. the Hagiotaphite Protosyncellus Leontios, vicar in Rafidia; f. Emmanuel, vicar in Aboud Community; f. Boulos, vicar in Beit-Jalla; and f. Issa Mousleh, the Arab-speaking Mass Media Liaison – as well as faithful from the Patriarchate’s Orthodox flock.