Ecumenical Patriarch visits Hungary

On Sunday, March 2, 2014, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew traveled to Hungary for a two-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

His All-Holiness was warmly received by Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén, Minister of State for Church and Minority and Non-governmental Relations, György Hölvényi, Greek Ambassador Dimitris Giannakakis, Turkish Ambassador Sakir Fakili, the Greek Embassy’s Deputy Head of Mission, Ioannis Stamatekos, Consul General of Hungary in Istanbul, Gábor Kiss, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chief of Protocol, Zoltán Nagy, and Senior Advisor/Protocol Officer Márta Pópáné Linka.

That evening, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew settled in the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest. The official Patriarchal delegation includes Metropolitan Emmanuel of France and Metropolitan Arsenios of Austria.

Patriarch Kirril: I appeal to all the powers that be - do not allow violence against civilians!

Message from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia regarding the situation in Ukraine, on 2 March 2014.  

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the following Message to Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See of Kiev, Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina, to the Archpastors, Pastors and All the Faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on the Situation in Ukraine:

Your Eminence Onufry Beloved in the Lord, Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See of Kiev,

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church

On 24 February 2014, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, visited Athens and met with His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece.

The participants in the meeting discussed various issues of the bilateral relations between the Russian and the Greek Orthodox Churches, as well as some questions of the pan-Orthodox agenda, and shared their opinions on the situation of Christians in the Middle East and other regions.

Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina elected Locum Tenens of Metropolitanate of Kiev

On February 24, 2014, a meeting of the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church took place, reports According to the statutes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Agathangel of Odessa and Izmayil, the senior (according to consecration) permanent member of the Synod, presided over the meeting.

Relics of a great Georgian saint, elder Gabriel (Urgebadze), uncovered

On February 22, 2014, in the Georgian town of Mtskheta—the former capital of the early Georgian kingdom of Iberia—a significant event happened at the Samtavro Convent, which Orthodox Christians of Georgia and all over the world had waited with great reverence and love. The holy relics of the great elder and wonder-worker, Blessed Father Gabriel (Urgebadze), fool-for-Christ, were uncovered.