The crew of frigate Limonos, rocket launcher Krystallidis & submarine Pontos visit The Patriarchate of Jerusalem5. April 2017 - 9:50
On Saturday noon, 18th March/1st April 2017, the Captain and the Crew of the Frigate “Limnos”, the Captain and the Crew of the Rocket Launcher “Krystallidis” and the Captain and the Crew of the Submarine “Pontos”, altogether a team of 200 members, under the Defense Attache of Greece in Tel Aviv Colonel Mr. Vassilios Brouman, visited His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos.
As previously reported, two explosions went off in the St. Petersburg metro this afternoon, leaving at least ten dead and fifty injured. The subway system has been completely shut down. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill has expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the explosions in the St. Petersburg metro, praying for the repose of the souls of the departed, and for the healing of those left injured. “May the Lord strengthen the residents of St. Petersburg in connection with the tragedy that has befallen all of us,” reads the patriarchal condolences, as quoted by pravmir.ru.
The restoration work on the edicule over the Lord’s tomb has been completed according to the previously announced schedule. Earlier, His Holiness Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem stated that the tomb would open to pilgrims sometime between March 22 and 25. The iron cage built around the Holy Sepulchre in 1947 by British authorities has been removed, as the walls of the edicule have been reinforced to be self-sustaining, reports The Times of Israel. The black soot on the stone façade from years of pilgrims’ candles was also cleaned as part of the first restoration work in 200 years. “If this intervention hadn’t happened now, there is a very great risk that there could have been a collapse,” Bonnie Burnham of the World Monuments Fund, which gave the initial $1.4 million for the $4 million project, said Monday. “This is a complete transformation of the monument.”
On 22nd March 2017, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, welcomed to the Conference Centre of the Patriarchal Library within the Patriarchal Mansion, the Association of Alexandrian Scientists, who were visiting the Patriarchate for the first time.
Police arrested one man on Wednesday on suspicion of breaking into and trying to set on fire a holy Orthodox church in Jerusalem earlier in the day, reports The Times of Israel.
Police confirmed that the church door had been broken, after a guard at the Mt. of Olives Church of the Ascension of the Russian Spiritual Mission reported that the church had been broken into and suffered fire damage. Police also confirmed that the extensive soot indeed points to arson.
The church is dedicated to the Ascension of Christ, which occurred forty days after His holy Pascha on the Mt. of Olives, although there is another church 650 feet to the west that is also considered by some the place of the Lord’s return to Heaven.