Over fifty Presvyteras and Diakonissas came from the various Metropolises in Albania to participate in a meeting held in Shen Vlash at the Resurrection of Christ Theological School, November 4-6, 2016. At the invitation of His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios, six Orthodox women from the OCMC (Orthodox Christian Mission Center), working with a team of Albanian women, reflected on the theme of “Christ, the living water.”
The goal of this meeting was to have time for prayer, fellowship, spiritual growth and to learn more about the roles of a presvytera and diakonissa in the Orthodox setting. The days were filled with small and large group sessions (with themes such as the sacraments, raising children, the liturgical year, etc), Bible Studies, crafts, social time and prayer. Lively discussions were held in some of the small groups which offered an intimate atmosphere.
On the afternoon of November 16th, 2016, a ceremony to bestow the title “Honorary Citizen” was held on the premises of the Aleksander Moisiu Theater. The ceremony was organized by the Municipality of Durres to honor the heads of the four traditional religious communities of the country, respectively Mr. Haxhi Hafiz Sabri Koci (posthumously), Prof. Dr. Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana, Durres and All Albania, Mr. Rrok Mirdita, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Catholics of Tirana and Durres (posthumously), and the Head Grandfather Mr. Haxhi Dede Reshat Bardhi (posthumously).
Patriarchal Divine Liturgy was held at Marial Cathedral on 27/11/16. Patriarch John X of Antioch was the chief celebrant. The Primate was assisted by Metropolitans. Large number of faithful took part in the Divine service.
An exposition, opening in the Anglican Cathedral of St. John in the center of Hong Kong, speaks about the 300-year history and the current situation of the Orthodox Church in China, reports Interfax.
A group of Catholics in Argentine decide to convert in Orthodoxy after Patriarch Kirill’s sermon. A collective of the Caritas charitable organization in Argentinian Curuzu decided to adopt Orthodoxy as they were deeply impressed by Patriarch Kirill’s sermon during his tour to Latin America this February.
“During the patriarch’s visit he (a Caritas official from Curuzu) watched the translation from Asuncion. He was deeply touched by our primate’s words and the fact that he visited a small provincial town Asuncion and serve in a small church and said a wonderful sermon,” Metropolitan Ignaty of Argentina and South America said on air the Soyuz TV channel.