Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) in two-day visit to Athenian Archbishopric

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate was in a two-day visit to the Athenian Archbishopric on April 9th and 10th, 2011.

Let's help the people of Japan

With the blessing and on behalf of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch,  His grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno attended the donor event for the suffered people of Japan.

Receptions in Serbian Patriarchate - on April 6 and 8, 2011

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received on April 6, 2011 in the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade Mrs Marina Jovicevic, Consul general of the Republic of Serbia in Herceg Novi, and Mrs. Vera Vukicevic, Consul general of the Republic of Serbia in Zurich. 

‘Erdoğan saved future of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate’

The spokesperson of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Father Dositheos Anağnostopulos, has said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saved the future of the patriarchate by offering Turkish citizenship to a number of archbishops in 2009. In an interview with the Star daily, Anağnos-topulos said there were 12 archbishops on the patriarchate's Spiritual Board at the time. "Most of [those archbishops] are very old. In order to become a member of this board, one has to be a Turkish citizen. If the patriarch dies one day, it seemed unlikely that a new patriarch would be elected from the board [due to the members' age]. This danger has now passed. The prime minister attended a luncheon on Büyükada in August 2009 ... and said the problem with the Spiritual Board will be overcome if archbishops applied to become Turkish citizens. He assured us that applicants would be granted citizenship," the spokesperson stated.

Bishop Teodosije receives Metropolitan Emanuel of Polyani and Kilkission

Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren at Bishop's palace in Gracanica received His Eminence Metropolitan Emanuel of Polyani and Kilkission and Greek military priest Fr Marinos. Metropolitan Emanuel is in a short visit to the Greek military contigent of KFOR, which is located near Urosevac and he had a wish to meet with the competent Orthodox Bishop of the SOC on whose territory serves the Greek military priest Fr Marinos.