Patriarh Irinej sends telegrams of condolence to Japanese people and the Japanese Orthodox Church

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch sent the primate of the Japanese Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Daniel, Archbishop of Tokyo and Metropolitan of All Japan, the following telegram:

Your Beatitude, regarding the catastrophic earthquake with a great number of casualties that struck Japan, we pray for You that along with your families of the suffered and all people of Japan receive our sincere and deep condolence. We pray to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who is Resurrection and Life (John 11,25) for the repose of their souls, and give comfort  to You, the families and to all brotherly people of Japan through the grief.

Serbian Patriarch  

His Holiness also sent the telegram of condolence to His Excellency Mr. Toshio Tsunozaki, the Ambassador of Japan in Belgrade. 

Patriarch Kirill meets with president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on 16 March 2011 at his working residence in Chisty Pereulok.

They discussed major areas of cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, especially the issues considered by the two Churches' Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue. Since its establishment in 1979 this commission has become the main platform for Orthodox-Catholic dialogue because, among other things, its work involves representatives of all the Local Orthodox Churches. The commission agreed on several documents concerning the teaching on the Sacraments and sacramental nature of the Church.

Information on Eastern Japan Diocese

Dear Orthodox Family in various part of the world,

We appreciate your prayers and emails with love. There are many inquiries on the current situation there. Thank God, electricity and telephone are recovering in Sendai and other sities in land of Tohoku area. Due to the communication system trouble and shortage of electricity etc. Eastern Japan and Orthodox Japan websites still are under difficulties to upload current information. The Western Japan Diocese, fortunately, can continue daily work as daily. We decided to provide current information page on our website.
Administrator: Fr. George and Maria (English page), email:

We will upload news successively. The Tokyo head office is preparing to answer to the offer of financial aids. Soon, the necessary information will be shown. Keep us in your prayer.

Love in Christ,

Fr. George and Maria

Website of Holy Annunciation Cathedral in Sendai of Eastern Japan Diocese starts working. But Japanese only. See

Bishop Maxim arrives in Australia

His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America arrived yesterday in Sydney as a special guest. Bishop Maxim came to the fifth continent as a special guest of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand, actually as the lecturer at the forthcoming seminar of the Serbian priesthood in Sydney. 

Immediately upon arrival His Grace Bishop Maxim visited Sydney's Lazarica at which are the headquarters of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand. The distinguished guest was welcomed by officers of the diocesan office and the brotherhood of Lazarica. The head of the church, protopresbyter-staurophor Miodrag Peric, served the doxology and the welcoming speech was held by His Grace Bishop Irinej. 

Patriarch of Constantinople receives delegation of the Russian Church

On 15 March 2011, His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople received a delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church at his residence in the Phanar, a district of Istanbul. The delegation takes part in the Change Summit. Head of the delegation, Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan, was accompanied by the deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations hegumen Philipp (Riabykh), deputy chairman of the Church-Society Department Rev. Georgy Roschin, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Metropolitan District in Kazakhstan hieromonk Seraphim (Petrovsky), and Metropolitan's assistant A. Mitroshin. Consul General of the Russian Embassy in Istanbul A. Yerkhov attended the meeting.