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.
On 24th March 2013, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, officiated at Matins and conducted the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Church of the Annunciation of the Theotokos in Alexandria, concelebrating with His Eminence Gabriel Metropolitan of Leontopolis, Patriarchal Vicar of Alexandria.
On Friday, April 5, 2013, His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens presided over the Third Stasis of the Salutations to the Theotokos at the historic Church of Panaghia Vlachernon. Among those in attendance were His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, His Eminence Metropolitan John of Pergamon, His Grace Bishop Dionysius of Synada, His Grace Bishop Gabriel of Diavleia, Ambassador Nikolaos Matthioudakis, Consul General of Greece in Istanbul, Mr. Nick Kalamaris, Parish Council President of the Vlachernon Community, as well as many visitors and pilgrims from surrounding areas, Greece and other countries. A brief reception followed in the Church Hall.