On October 26, 2014, the commemoration day of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted-in-Bolshaya-Ordynka, Moscow.
The high guest was accompanied by Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, apostolic nuncio in Russia, Mgr Andrzej Yuzvovich, counsellor of the apostolic nunciature in Russia, and Mr. Ya. Ternovskiy, head of the delegation of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre to Russia.
On October 23, 2014, Hegumen Arseny, representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, visited Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon reputed as “the northern capital” of the country.
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…