On the morning of Wednesday the 28th of January/10th of February 2016, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Mr Olav Fykse Tveit, accompanied by Mr Yussef Daher and another associate of his, visited the Patriarchate.
Mr Tveit was warmly welcomed by H.B. Theophilos in the presence of Hagiotaphite Fathers.
In the context of this visit, an interesting discussion took place on the workings of the Gathering of the Heads of Orthodox Churches in Geneva between the 21st to the 29th of January 2016. Some of the events that occurred in the framework of deliberations were attended by the General Secretary and his associates. Representatives of the World Council of Churches visited the Council’s Centre in Bossé and sat at a dinner hosted in their honour. (More…)
On Monday the 26th of January/8th of February 2016, the hegoumen of Accra-Ptolemais, Archimandrite Philotheos, and priests from this area of 12 parishes, visited the Patriarchate on the occasion of the elapsed feast of the Nativity.
The priests were welcomed by Patriarch Theophilos in the presence of Hagiotaphite Fathers.
At the meeting, guests expressed their respect, love and appreciation for the Patriarch’s pastoral care of the flock, manifested in the form of restorations of Churches, Catechizing Schools and parishes e.g. Abu Snan, Jdeideh, Eilabun etc. They went on to submit their requests, for instance the need for collaboration between Community Councils and priests, and the need to have their monthly financial aid and the monthly pension of the widows of presbyters increased for a more dignified living. (More…)
On Saturday, the 24th of January/6th of February 2016, the Association of pious women entitled “Myrophorae of Christ”, from Northern Israel, visited the Patriarchate accompanied by the Greek Orthodox doctor Halil Andraus, in order to receive the Patriarch’s good wishes and blessings.
The Association was founded in order to bring together Christian women from the Greek Orthodox Communities of Northern Israel, with the aim of dealing with matters of a Christian interest. (More…)
On the evening of Saturday, the 24th of January/6th of February 2016, Patriarch Theophilos, accompanied by the Patriarchal Commissioner, Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias, the Elder Secretary-General, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, and the Most Reverend Joachim, Metropolitan of Zambia, blessed the pie-cutting ceremony at the Society of the Greek parish in West Jerusalem, near the Greek Consulate-General, a donation of the late Sacristan of the Holy Sepulchre, Archimandrite Efthymios, to the Greek Parish.
The ceremony was attended by the Greek Consul-General to Jerusalem, Georgios Zacharoudiakis, the President of the Greek Parish, Mr Anastasios Damianos, the personnel of the Greek Consulate, members of the parish of Jerusalem, e.g. Mr Ioannis Tlil, Hagiotaphite Fathers, and guests from the Israeli and Arabic society. (More…)
On Saturday, the 24th of January/6th of February 2016, the Most Reverend Georgios, Metropolitan of Kitrous and Katerini, visited the Patriarchate. He was accompanied by priests and 20 pilgrims from his Bishopric.
The guests were warmly welcomed by Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem. (More…)