FESTAL CELEBRATION AT THE HOLY CHURCH OF THE UNMERCENARIES IN ABOUKIR
On Tuesday, 1st November 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa officiated at the Church of the Unmercenaries in Aboukir which was celebrating its Feast Day.
Present at the Divine Liturgy were the Consul General of Greece in Alexandria Mr. Theoharis Lalakos, Mr. Pericles Tsambaris and his wife, who take care of the Holy Church and who then hosted a lunch in honour of His Beatitude at their well-known restaurant “Zephyrion”.
On the next day, Wednesday, 2nd November 2005, His Beatitude received in his office at the Patriarchal Monastery of St Savvas the Sanctified, the Consul General of Greece in Alexandria together with his family. He then received Gregory, the Bishop of the Armenian-Catholics who has his seat in Cairo and who was accompanied by the Chairman of the Armenian Community in Cairo.
THE FEAST OF RAMADAN
On Thursday, 3rd November 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by the Patriarchal Vicar of Alexandria Archimandrite Gabriel Raftopoulos and the Legal Adviser of the Patriarchate to the Alexandrian Library where he wished the Governor of Alexandria and the Authorities on the occasion of the Feast of Ramadan.
The Governor, General Mohamed Mahgoup, received His Beatitude with particular enthusiasm and cordiality. They had a brief discussion, during which His Beatitude thanked the Governor for the protection and the esteem which is given to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa by the Egyptian Government and asked him to pass on his wished to for the Feast to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Mr. Hosni Mubarak, as well as his gratitude for all that the Government does for the Patriarchate.
From the Patriarchal Press Office,
Alexandria, 3rd November 2005
FEAST DAY OF ST PETROS PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA
On Thursday, 24th November 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, conducted Matins and the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Patriarchal Church of St Savvas in Alexandria.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy His Beatitude performed the Trisagion service in memory of his predecessor Patriarch Petros who used to celebrate his Name Day on this day.
In the evening of the same day His Beatitude went to the Greek Consulate of Alexandria where the Church of St Catherine is situated and where he conducted Great Festal Vespers for the Feast Day of the Saint.
THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA AT THE FUNERAL SERVICE OF THE HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE ONASSIS FOUNDATION, STYLIANOS PAPADIMITRIOU
At dawn on Friday, 25th November 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, departed from the Alexandrian Airport accompanied by Archimandrite Gennadios Stantzios, for Athens in order to conduct the funeral service of the Honorary President of the Alexander S. Onassis Benefit Foundation, Mr Stylianos Papadimitriou.
His Beatitude was seen off at the airport in Alexandria by Archimandrite Savvas Heimonettos, Patriarchal Supervisor.
At 12.30 in the afternoon at the Holy Church of St Fotini in nea Smyrni, the funeral service of the late Stylianos Papadimitriou was conducted, officiated over by His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, and concelebrated by His Beatitude Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece, Archbishop Anastasios of Albania together with the Metropolitans of Nea Smyrni Symeon, the Elder Dionysios of Leontopolis and the Elder Petrol of Aksum.
At the end of the service His Beatitude, in his funeral homily praised the multitalented figure and morals of the late Stylianos Papadimitriou, spoke briefly about the benefactory intervention in the renovations of the Holy Church of the Annunciation in Alexandria by the Onassis Foundation and of the endless support, valuable co-operation and contribution of the present President of the Foundation, Mr Antonios Papadimitriou, son of the deceased and his friend for many years, to the progress of the work of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.
Present at the funeral were His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Petrol Molyviatis, the former Speaker of Parliament Mr Apostolos Kaklamanis, Deputy Ministers, Parliamentarians and other governmental officials, representatives of the parties, the Deputy President of SAE Mr Stephanos Tamvakis, the Chairman of Hellenes from Egypt Mr Philip Kossenas, the Chairman of the Hellenic Community of Alexandria Mr Haralambos Katsimbris and many others.
In the early hours of Sunday 27th November 2005, the Primate of the Alexandrian Church returned to his seat in Alexandria via Cairo, due to the difficult weather conditions present at the Alexandrian Airport.
THE PATRIARCH’S BIRTHDAY
On the morning of Sunday 27th November 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, conducted the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St Savvas in Alexandria, and then hosted a reception in the Great Hall of the Monastery for the Hellenic Community on the occasion of his birthday. Many citizens, Societies, the Executive Committee of the Lyceum of Greek Women of Alexandria, Consular Officials and representatives of the Hellenic Community and SAE were present to wish His Beatitude a Happy Birthday. His Beatitude thanked everyone and returned the wishes that everyone’s years be many and blessed.
From the Patriarchal Press Office
Alexandria 28th November 2005
On Friday, 4th November 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, received in his office the Professor of the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens Archimandrite Nicholas Ioannides, with whom he held talks regarding the prospective of the creation of a Patriarchal School in Alexandria where lessons of General Theology, Agriculture and First Aid will be taught. The meeting was preceeded by contacts between Fr Nicholas and the Greek Ambassador in Cairo, Mr. Panayiotis Vlasopoulos, following an agreement by His Beatitude.
At noon on the same day the Alexandrian Primate left for Cairo where he will remain until Sunday, 6th November 2005, when he will depart for Constantinople, accompanied by Archimandrite Savvas Heimonettos, in order to participate in the Inter-Faith Meeting which is being organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
From the Patriarchal Press Office,
Alexandria, 5th November 2005
THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA AT THE INTER-FAITH MEETING IN CONSTANTINOPLE
On Monday, 7th November 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, departed from Cairo, accompanied by Archimandrite Savvas Heimonettos, for Constantinople in order to participate in the 2nd Inter-Faith Meeting which is being organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
His Beatitude, who arrived in Constantinople in the early hours, was welcomed at the “Kemal Ataturk” International Airport by His EminenceTheoklitos of Ikonium and Archdeacon Stephen. At the same time, His Beatitude Elias of Georgia arrived, as did the Great …… of Azherbaijan, with whom the Alexandrian Primate held lengthy discussions.
At noon on the same day, His Beatitude, accompanied by Archimandrite Savvas Heimonettos, went to the Phanar, where together with the other Leaders of various religions, they met with His All Holiness Bartholomaios, the Ecumenical Patriarch. Following the welcome and the short reception in the Hall of the Throne, a lunch was held in the Patriarchal Refectory. Following the lunch, His Beatitude had the opportunity of meeting and discussing with significant persons of the various religions among who was the Great S….. of Azherbaijan, the Chief Rabbi of America and others.
On the evening of the same day and before the start of the conference, His Beatitude met with the Patriarch of Georgia and a telephonic conversation with the newly elected- President of Azherbaijan followed. His Beatitude wished him great strength and success in his tasks.
Following the opening of the Conference by His Eminence Emmanuel of France, the messages and greetings of the delegates were given. During his speech His Beatitude emphasized the peaceful co-existence of Christians and Muslims in Egypt and the protection which the Patriarchate of Alexandria receives in Muslim Egypt, thereby realizing the co-existence of religions.
A dinner hosted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate for all the delegates followed. During the dinner His Beatitude had brief discussions with Cardinal Kaspar, Chairman of the Pontifical Council. The Alexandrian Primate also met briefly with the Professor of the Theological Faculty Mr. Vlasis Feidas with whom he discussed the development of the Patriarchal Archive.
On the next day, Tuesday 8th November 2005, His Beatitude officiated at the Holy Church of the Archangels in Balata. Following the Divine Liturgy which was conducted by Archimandrite Savvas Heimonettos, the Alexandrian Primate, addressing the congregation, thanked His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch for his love and His Eminence Dionysios of Sinas for the welcome to and the hospitality in his district, spoke of Alexandria and the difficult work of the missions on the African continent. Refreshments were served in the reception hall of the Church.
His Beatitude then went to the Ecumenical Patriarchate where he met His Eminence Dimitrios of Sebaste and later attended a lunch offered by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomaios and which was also attended by Mrs Angeliki Feidas, wife of Professor Valsis Feidas, who happened to be celebrating her name day.
His Beatitude then met with the one responsible for the meeting, His Eminence Emmanuel of France.
From the Patriarchal Press Office,
Alexandria, 8th November 2005.
SECOND AND THIRD DAY OF THE INTER-FAITH MEETING IN CONSTANTINOPLE
On Tuesday, 8th November 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, held discussions with the Organizer of the Conference, Metropolitan Emmanuel of France on the prospective of holding relative conferences in Alexandria.
Later, His Beatitude met and held discussions with the Armenian Patriarch Mesrop and that night attended a dinner hosted on board a ship by the Mayor of Constantinople in honour of the delegates.
The following day, Wednesday, 9th November 2005, the Alexandrian Primate received in his office at the hotel where he was staying, the Consul General of Egypt in Constantinople. He thanked him for the protection offered by the Egyptian Government to the Patriarchate of Alexandria and gave him a copy of his speech from the conference.
That night, he attended the reception hosted by the Ecumenical Patriarch in honour of his guests and then, accompanied by the Egyptian Consul General, departed for the Airport en route to Cairo.
On Friday, 11th November 2005, Feast Day of the Holy Great Martyr Minas the Wonderworker, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, following the Divine Liturgy conducted by Hieromonk Alexios Marakis at the Patriarchal Church of St Savvas in Alexandria, drove to the desert and prayed at the ruins of the Basilica of St Minas, as usual.
The next day, Saturday, 12th November 2005, Feast Day of St John the Almsgiver, Patriarch of Alexandria, His Beatitude conducted the Divine Liturgy following which a reception was held in the Great Hall of the Patriarchal Monastery of St Savvas.
At noon on the same day, he received in the Patriarchal Office, those responsible for the Linguistic Conference taking place in Alexandria, the subject of which is Languages of the Mediterranean, with who he discussed the possibility of studying the languages of Africa.
On Sunday 13th November 2005, the Alexandrian Primate officiated during the Divine Liturgy and presented the sermon, referring to the Great figure of St John the Chrysostom. He then conducted the memorials of Eleni Florentis and Christina Matthaiou, owner of the historic restaurant “ELITE”.
He then received in his office the Iconographer Mr. Constantinos Xenopoulos with whom he discussed the progress of the iconography of the Patriarchal Church of St Savvas and the construction of the mosaics at the New Patriarchal palace.
He then went on to the Club of the Hellenic Community in Alexandria where he attended a lunch hosted by the family of the late Eleni Florentis. He then went immediately to the Greek Cemetery where he conducted the funeral of Constantinos Astor.
From the Patriarchal Press Office,
Alexandria, 13th November 2005
THE PATRIARCH VISITS THE ICONOGRAPHY EXHIBITION AND THE ALEXANDRIAN LIBRARY
On the evening of Tuesday, 15th November 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by Hieromonk Alexios Marakis, Hierodeacon Kyrillos and the Iconographer Constantinos Xenopoulos, went to the “Alexandria Centre” where he inaugurated the exhibition of the well-known Russian iconographer Mr. Vladimir Pavlov. Present at the exhibition were the Consul General of Greece in Alexandria Mr. Theoharis Lalakos, the Consul General of Russia in Alexandria Mr. Alexander Chvykov, the Consuls General of Israel, China and Korea and many others. Following the cutting of the ribbon His Beatitude gave an interview to Egyptian Television.
The following day, Wednesday 16th November 2005, the Alexandrian Primate, accompanied by the Chief Secretary of the Patriarchates, Archimandrite Gennadios Stantzios and the Director of his Private Office Archimandrite Markos Theodosi, went to the Alexandrian Library where he attended a part of the Conference which is taking place in Alexandria, regarding the person and contribution of Mohamed Ali. The co-ordination of the Conference was conducted by the Consul General of Greece in Alexandria, Mr. Theoharis Lalakos and the keynote speakers for the first day were Professor Eythymios Souloyiannis and the businesswoman and historian Anna Missirian-Tzouma, Director of the Imaret, the former buildings of Mohamed Ali in Kavala which today is a hotel and belongs to the Egyptian Government.
His Beatitude then received in the Holy Patriarchal Church of St Savvas in Alexandria a group of pilgrims from Hegoumenitsa, whom he welcomed and spoke to of the missionary work of the Patriarchate on the African Continent.
At noon on the same day His Beatitude went to the Patriarchal Palace which is under reconstruction and inspected the ongoing works.
From the Patriarchal Press Office
Alexandria, 16th November 2005
On Tuesday, 15th November 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, received in his office in the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of St Savvas the Sanctified in Alexandria the Rector of the University of Finland. The Rector was accompanied to the Patriarchal Office by the group of Finnish conservators which has undertaken the maintenance and digital recording of the manuscripts of the Patriarchal Library. During the meeting between His Beatitude and the Rector, the continuation of this important work was discussed as well as its extension to the old books which are significant, have scientific and educational interest but have unfortunately not remained untouched by time.
His Beatitude then received Mrs Anna Misirian, a businesswoman from Kavala, who is in Alexandria for the conference which is taking place in the Alexandrian Library regarding Mohamed Ali.
On the evening of the same day, the Alexandrian Primate received in his Patriarchal Office Professor Euthymios Soulogiannis with whom he held talks for quite a length of time. He then thanked him for the publication of the new volume “MISCELLANEOUS TEXTS FROM THE PATRIARCHATE OF ALEXANDRIA”
From the Patriarchal Press Office,
Alexandria, 15th November 2005
On Thursday, 17th November 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, received in his office at the Patriarchal Monastery of St Savvas in Alexandria, His Eminence George of Zimbabwe with whom he had brief discussions. During the meeting His Eminence gave an amount of money which was from his Holy Archdiocese to His Beatitude for the expenses of the running of the Patriarchate. His Beatitude thanked His Eminence and they then went to the Patriarchal palace which is under renovation where Beatitude inspected the progress of the works.
At noon on the same day, His Beatitude went to the Hellenic Naval Club of Alexandria, where he attended a lunch hosted by the Chief Secretary of the Patriarchates Archimandrite Gennadios Stantzios on the occasion of his Name Day.
On the evening of the same day, he went to the Society of Hellenic Scientists “Ptolemy A” where he attended the talk by the Archaeologist Mr. Harry Tzalas, entitled “Traveling in Ancient Greek ships” during which he developed the experimental travels of the “Kyreneia II”, the Athenian Trireme “Olympias” and the Papyrella.
The following day, Friday, 18th November 2005, the Alexandrian Primate received in his office at the Patriarchal Monastery of St Savvas, Mrs Minerva Kontopoulou from Thessaloniki who announced to the Patriarch the wish of the Society “Friends of the Patriarchate of Alexandria” to organize a Bazaar aiming at supporting through its income, the Patriarchate on the African Continent. His Beatitude gave his blessing to this particular task.
That same night, His Beatitude went to the Annual General Meeting of the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce in Alexandria, accompanied by Archimandrite Gennadios Stantzios, Chief Secretary of the Patriarchates.
From the Patriarchal press Office,
Alexandria, 18th November 2005
His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, is due to leave for Athens on Friday 25th November 2005 in order to conduct the funeral of the late Mr. Stylianos Papadimitriou, given that the “Onassis Foundation” whose Chairman the late gentleman was, was and is a supporter and benefactor of the difficult and multifaceted work of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa, especially in the field of renovation of its holy churches.
Immediately following the news of the death of Mr. Papadimitriou, the Alexandrian Primate gave orders that messages of condolence be sent to his family and to the “Onassis Foundation”.
HIS BEATITUDE IN ATHENS AND CRETE
His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, departed early on the morning of Tuesday 27th September 2005 for Athens from the Airport in Alexandria.
On Tueday evening His Beatitude attended a dinner at the home of the businessman Mr Markos Raptis. He had the opportunity to meet there with people who are active in various forms of business and to tell them about the enormous missionary work of the Patriarchate in Africa so that they may be informed and thereby contribute to this work.
At noon on Wednesday 28th September, the Primate of the Church of St Mark, accompanied by his representative in Athens, His Eminence Elder Metropolitan Petros of Aksum, visited His Beatitude Christodoulos Archbishop of Athens and All Greece. The welcome given by His Beatitude Christodoulos to the Patriarch of Alexandria was very warm and the two Primates had an opportunity to discuss common issues regarding the two Churches.
His Beatitude expressed the gratitude of the Alexandrian Church to the Apostolic Church of Greece for its support of and contirbution to the missionary work of the Patriarchate.
At night on the same day the Association of Hellenes from Egypt hosted a reception in honour of the Alexandrian Primate.
The Chairman of the Association Mr Philip Kossenas, welcomed His Beatitude with words of love and respect. The long acquaintane and friendship between the Chairman and His Beatitude comes from the time when the late Patriarch Parthenios had appointed the present Patriarch as his representative in the Patriarchal Office in Athens. The Patriarch met many beloved people whom he had known and worked with many years previously.
Present at this reception for His Beatitude were the Chairmen of Associations from all the countries of Africa, the Deputy President of S.A.E. Mr Stephanos Tamvakis, the Chairman of the Hellenic Community of Alexandria Mr Haralambos Katsimbris, the Elder Metropolitans Dionysios of Leontopolis and Petros of Aksum, Mr Antonios Livanis, Mr Ioannidis, the representative of the Onassis Foundation. On that night, the Alexandrian Primate also met with many University Professors and many other personalities from Egypt who honour the sciences and letters.
His Beatitude then went on to the adjacent halls of the Association where he met with the graduates of the Averof School of Alexandria. He wished them all and spoke to them of the future work of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. In his greeting the Patriarch referred to his diaconate and service under Patriarchs Nicholas, Parthenios and Petros, expressed his great joy at being among people whom he loves and by whom he is loved, whom he honours and who honoured him during the seven years in which he represented the Patriarchate in Athens.
His Beatitude awarded the Cross of the Apostle Mark of the Patriarchate of Alexandria to the Chairman of the Association of Hellenes from Egypt Mr Philp Kossenas and gave him also an icon of St Athanasios. The Chairman gave His Beatitude a most beautiful Chalice and Paten.
The Patriarch also met with many Metropolitans of the Throne in his Patriarchal Office in Athens, among whom were His Eminence Metropolitan Gregorios of Cameroon, Ambassadors from many countries in which Greek diplomats serve and he exchanged useful views and thoughts with them regarding issues of the Church and the Hellenes.
On Friday 30th September the Primate of the Alexandrian Church went to Heraklion in Crete, where he conducted the marriage service of his nephew Michael Mahlas. During his journey from Athens to Crete the Patriarch was accompanied by His Eminence the Elder Metropolitan Petros of Aksum and Metropolitan Alexandros of Nigeria, while also present at the wedding at the Church were His Eminence Chrysostomos of Zakynthos, His Eminence Andreas of Arkalochorion and His Eminence Eygenios of Ierapytni and Siteia.
In Crete, His Beatitude met with the members of the Orthodox Society "the Bridge of Love" which is active throughout Crete and exchanged with tme views on Missionary work.