The forum, organized by the Department for Pastoral Ministry in Health Care of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, gathered theologians, pastors, and medical workers from various Local Orthodox Churches. Two previous conferences were held in 2008 and 2011.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and members of the Holy Synod were praying at the service.
Before the beginning of the session, Patriarch Kirill congratulated His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine on his forthcoming 70th birthday and awarded him the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist was celebrated in the Catholic church of St. Peter, the First Apostle, offered to the Orthodox community in Valance by the local Catholic diocese.
After the Liturgy the procession went to the oak of Mamre. According to a legend, under the canopy of this very oak Abraham offered hospitality to the three Angels who foretold him the birth of a son.
On 21 October 2014, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Great Antioch and All the East received Hegumen Arseniy (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarchal See of Antioch, at his residence in Balamand, Lebanon.
On 19 October 2014, Pope Francis, two hundred and fifty Catholic hierarchs and many priest celebrated Mass for the closing of the 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops and Beatification of Pope Paul VI, who set up the Synod of Bishops as a regular advisory body some…
On October 16 and 17, 2014, the Parishes of St Anna of Novgorod and the Holy Princess Olga celebrated together the millennium of the baptism of St Olav, the King of Norway Equal-to-the-Apostles.
On October 18, 2014, the parishioners of the Beirut Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church, led by the rector Hegumen Arseny, representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, made a trip to Tyre in southern Lebanon.
The place where the church stands today used to belong to the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in China which contributed to the development of Russia-China relations for over 250 years.