Introduction of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Ceremony for the Conferral of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at Fordham29. October 2009 - 11:45
The Visit of His All Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
The University Church
Joseph M. McShane, S.J.
Remarks as prepared for delivery
"This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad."
On 26th October, the U.S. State Department published its Religious Freedom Report 2009 for Macedonia. A significant part of the Report is dedicated exactly to the restrictions of the religious freedom that the Government of R. Macedonia is imposing upon the Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan and the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric.
Your Eminence, beloved brother Milutin, in the name of His Beatitude Patriarch of Alexandria Theodoros the Second, priests and faithful of this metropolis, I would like to wish you a warm welcome and kindly ask for your prayers for the advancement of Orthodox Church in Africa and Serbia and for our Churches to continue to exist through their spiritual and missionary work. I would also like to use this opportunity to greet very reverend father Arsenije, abbot of monastery Kaona, which is well-known for monastic life.
Primate of the Orthodox Church in America gives audience to president of the International Foundation of the Unity of Orthodox28. October 2009 - 12:11
His Beatitude Jonah, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, received in audience on 26 October 2009, the president of the International Foundation of the Unity of Orthodox Nations, V. Alexeyev, and the Moscow Patriarchate representative to the Orthodox Church in America, Archimandrite Zacchaeus (Wood).
Today has been formally celebrated a feast day dedicated to Venerable Mother Paraskeva the Serbian with a Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church on Chukarica, which is devoted to this great Christian ascetic. The Holy Liturgy was served by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral with the concelebration of fifteen priests and seven deacons.
During the Holy Liturgy, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, Metropolitan Amfilohije ordained Jovan Lucic a presbyter, the previous deacon of this holy church. A great deal of faithful people gathered at the Holy Liturgy to celebrate in prayers Saint Paraskeva, our patroness and prayer before the Lord.
His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew gave an audience yesterday Tuesday, Oct. 27, to the Orthodox Primates of the USA, most of whom were present the previous evening for the Ninth Annual Orthodox Prayer Service for the United Nations Community. Present at the audience were Archbishop Demetrios of America (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese); Metropolitan Philip (Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese); Metropolitan Christopher (Serbian Orthodox Archdiocese); Metropolitan Nicholas (Carpatho - Russian Diocese); Archbishop Nicolae (Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese); Metropolitan Jonah (Orthodox Church in America), Metropolitan Constantine (Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA); Bishop Ilia (Albanian Orthodox Diocese) and Archpriest Alexander Abramov (Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in the USA). Archbishop Demetrios welcomed His All Holiness on behalf of the Primates.