On Saturday, the 12th/25th of June 2016, the Patriarchate observed the memory of St Onouphrios the Egyptian at the Monastery dedicated to his name, located at a short distance from the Pool of Siloam in the Potter’s field, bought by the lords of the Jews as a burial place for foreigners with the silver coins that Judas had returned with remorse.
For this reason the Monastery is built on cavernous tombs carved into rock. One of the tombs belongs to the first Patriarch of Jerusalem, St Juvenal (451 AD). (More…)
On Thursday, the 10th/23rd of June 2016, the Holy and Great Synod of Orthodoxy convened in a closed Session to discuss one of the approved texts.
The text in question was entitled “The sacrament of marriage and its hindrances”, which was specifically commented because of the significance of marriage and the problems facing it due to ideological and social positions. (More…)
On Wednesday, the 22nd of June 2016, the Minister of Education of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Constantinos Kadis, visited the Patriarchate. He was accompanied by the Ambassador of Cyprus to Israel, Ms Thessalia Shambou, and Secretary Louisa Varaklas.
The Minister was warmly welcomed by the Patriarchal Commissioner, the Most Reverend Icyshios, Metropolitan of Kapitolias, in the presence of Hagiotaphite Fathers. After extending condolences to the people of Cyprus for the recent fire destruction on the island, Metropolitan Isychios talked of the Patriarchate’s position and work in the Holy Land amongst the other Monotheistic religions. (More…)
On Wednesday, the 9th/22nd of June 2016, the Holy and Great Synod of Orthodoxy, in the course of two sessions held in the morning and in the evening, looked at the already approved texts on the “Autonomous”, “Orthodox Diaspora” and “The Mission of the Church in the contemporary world”, discussed the proposed completions and corrections, agreed on them and referred them to the Secretariat to be registered before signing the finalized texts. (More…)
On Wednesday, the 22nd of June 2016, the Patriarchal Commissioner, Icyshios of Kapitolias, welcomed the Most Reverend Ioustinos, Metropolitan of Nea Krini and Kalamaria, at the Patriarchal hall.
Metropolitan Ioustinos, accompanied by a group of pilgrims, was warmly welcomed by the Most Reverend Isychios, who extended the Patriarch’s wishes – at the time in Crete for the Holy and Great Synod of Orthodoxy – before pointing out the importance of their Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. (More…)