The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, on March 23 2014 elected Bishop Naum of Stob as the new Metropolitan of Rousse, to succeed Neofit who became the church’s Patriarch in February 2013.
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, with great sadness, announces the passing unto life eternal of His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Philip, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America. Metropolitan Philip Saliba passed away on March 19 at the age of 84.
Metropolitan Philip was born on June 10, 1931, in Abou Mizan, Lebanon, the fourth of five children to Elias and Saleema Saliba. After completing his primary education at the Shouier Elementary School, he entered the Balamand Orthodox Seminary, near Tripoli, Lebanon, at the age of fourteen. He subsequently attended and was graduated from the Orthodox Secondary School in Homs, Syria, and the Assiyeh Orthodox College in Damascus, Syria.
Bringing to life the words of the Psalmist, “ Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133: 1), the canonical Orthodox bishops of the western United States – Metropolitan Gerasimos, Archbishop Joseph, Archbishop Benjamin, and our Bishop Maxim – are admired for their concerted efforts to gather their clergy and faithful together in worship and fellowship. The latest occurrence of this was here at the Cathedral on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, 2014, for the first Sunday of Great Lent, which commemorates the return of icons to the Church in the year 843 after the heresy of iconoclasm was overcome.
Talks on cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Neapolis University take place in Cyprus19. March 2014 - 10:48
Representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Student Exchange Commission visited Cyprus on 15-17 March 2014 with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and at the invitation of the Neapolis University in Pafos and Metropolitan Isaiah of Tamasos and Orinis.
On 14 March 2014, Friday of the second week of Lent, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Vespers and the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. That day marked the 38th anniversary of his episcopal consecration.
On Saturday, March 15, according to Byzantine traditions, the solemn enthronement of the new Abbot of the Mt. Athos Grigoriou Monastery Archimandrite Chrystophoros took place, reports AgionOros with the reference to Romfea.gr.
Abbots and brethren of many Athonite monasteries as well as numerous pilgrims from Greece, Cyprus, Russia, and other Orthodox countries were present at the ceremony. The Greek government was represented by secretary general of the Council of Ministers Panagiotis Baltakos.