Statement of the Antiochian Archdiocese on the Terrorist Attacks against the People of Beirut and Paris19. November 2015 - 15:20
It is with extreme sadness that His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and the hierarchs, clergy, and faithful of the Antiochian Archdiocese offer our prayers and condolences to the families of all of the victims of the horrific terrorist attacks that were perpetrated last week against the people of Beirut and Paris. We ask our gracious and merciful Lord to bestow healing upon the victims who were injured, repose of soul for those whose lives were taken, and some measure of comfort to the families of the victims. We pray to God that He will soften the hearts of those who inflict pain and suffering and that He will grant to the world the peace that can only come from above.
Memorial services for the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris were conducted in Orthodox churches in France the next morning after the perpetration.
Orthodox Christians throughout the country share the grief of the French people. We conducted a memorial service for the victims in the morning; another service will be conducted tomorrow. We prayed for the Russians who died in the horrible Sinai plane crash, too, – Very Revd. Andrei Yeliseyev, rector of the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Nice, told the ‘Izvestia’ newspaper correspondent on November 14.
On 11 November 2015, wreaths were laid at the Russian Glory Memorial at the Russian Necropolis in Belgrade. Attending the ceremony dedicated to the 97th anniversary of the Armistice Day in World War I were representatives of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Serbian Army, the Belgrade Mayor’s Office, Embassies of the Russian Federation, the United States of America, France, Australia and Belarus.
The Archdiocese of Sibiu has recently founded a modern Centre for Neuro-motor Rehabilitation and Psychological Counselling. The institution provides free services for the persons with limited financial possibilities. The Centre dedicated to St Nektarios of Aegina was inaugurated by His Eminence Laurenţiu, Metropolitan of Transylvania, on Monday, 09 November 2015.
The blessing and the inauguration of the social canteen for the faithful with low material possibilities, for eldery persons, for the ill and solitary were performed on Saturday, 14 November 2015, in the presence of His Eminence Metropolitan Ioan of Banat at the Romanian Orthodox Parish “Iosefin” in Timişoara, as the official web site of Metropolis of Banat informs.