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THE PRIME MINISTER OF JORDAN HOSTS THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM

On the evening of Thursday, the 30th of August/12th of September 2013, the Prime Minister of Jordan, His Excellency Mr Abdullah Ensour, hosted a dinner in honour of His Beatitude Theophilos, Our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, at the Prime Minister’s residence in Amman.

Also invited to dinner were ministers and MPs of the Jordan Government, Christians in their majority. His Beatitude was accompanied by the Patriarchal Commissioner in Amman, the Most Reverend Benedict, Metropolitan of Philadelphia; the Elder Secretary-General Aristarchos, Archbishop of Constantina; the Patriarchal Commissioner in Northern Jordan, His Eminence Philoumenos, Archbishop of Pella, and Archimandrite Hieronymos, the Hegoumen of Fhes.

During dinner, the Prime Minister welcomed His Beatitude by pointing out that it is a joy and an honour for him, the Royal family and Jordan, to meet with the representative of all Christians in Jordan, Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and that this meeting, which has as participants Christian high-ranking government officials of Jordan, reflects very positively on the coexistence and cooperation between Muslims and Christians in Jordan.

Responding, His Beatitude addressed the Prime Minister with the following speech in Arabic:  https://en.jerusalem-patriarchate.info/ar/2013/09/12/2687

From the Secretariat-General




ETHIOPIAN ARCHBISHOP IN JERUSALEM VISITS PATRIARCHATE

On Friday the 17th/30th of August 2013, the new Archbishop of the Ethiopian Church in Jerusalem, Mr Daniel Ilma, visited the Patriarchate upon assuming office after the election of his predecessor, Archbishop Aba Mattias, as Patriarch of Ethiopia.

The new Ethiopian Archbishop was received by His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, in the presence of Fathers of the Holy Sepulcher.

During the Archbishop’s visit, a discussion took place on the ancient ties between the Ethiopian and Greek peoples since the years before Christ, and on the generally harmonious relation that links the Ethiopian Church and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Among further topics discussed were the peaceful coexistence between Ethiopians and Greeks in the area of the Church of the Resurrection and the Monastery of Abraham, and the willingness and ability of our Patriarchate to help the Ethiopians resolve certain problems troubling them in their Monastery, known as Dabre Seltan, situated on the roof of the Church of the Resurrection.

In the context of the meeting, His Beatitude offered the Ethiopian Archbishop an ivory engolpion (icon worn on the chest) and cross, and the “History of the Church of Jerusalem” by Chrysostomos Papadopoulos, wishing him a peaceful and fruitful tenure as Archbishop.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/XjSReAj20jc




HEAD OF CHRISTIAN AFFAIRS AT AMERICAN CONSULATE IN JERUSALEM VISITS PATRIARCHATE

On Tuesday the 31st of July/13th of August 2013, Mr Ryan Purnell, head of the Committee on Christian Affairs of the American Consulate in Jerusalem visited the Patriarchate upon assuming office.

The American Consular officer was received by His Beatitude Theophilos, Our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem. At the meeting, Mr Purnell was congratulated on his new duties and informed on pilgrimage and asset affairs of the Patriarchate as well as on the situation of Christians in the Middle East, with an eye to a collaboration which promotes and safeguards the rights of each Community in Jerusalem and the rest of the Holy Land.

Mr Ryan Purnell thanked His Beatitude and pledged himself to a very good and fruitful cooperation.

From the Secretariat-General

 




NEW GREEK CONSUL GENERAL IN JERUSALEM VISITS PATRIARCHATE

On Tuesday the 31st of July/13th of August 2013, the new Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem, Mr Georgios Zacharoudiakis, visited the Patriarchate upon assuming office.

The Greek Consul General was received by His Beatitude Theophilos, Our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, in the presence of Brothers of the Holy Sepulcher.

In the context of this meeting, His Beatitude wished the Consul General strength in his new duties and informed him on principal matters of the Patriarchate, whilst requesting his cooperation and support in his capacity as a representative of Greece, successor to the Byzantine Empire and protector of the Holy Lands.

To such cooperation the Consul General pledged himself unreservedly.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/QtnqxIsPZh0

 




GROUP FROM JORDAN CONGREGATION VISITS PATRIARCHATE

On Thursday the 26th of July/8th of August 2013, a group of thirty members of the Arab-speaking (Rum Orthodox) congregation of the Patriarchate from various regions of Jordan visited the Patriarchate. The group was headed by Hieromonk f. Athanasios Kakis.

This pious group was received by His Holiness Theophilos, Our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, in the presence of Brothers of the Holy Sepulcher. At the meeting, the Patriarch offered fatherly advice and blessed the group’s tour around the All-Holy Pilgrimage Sites.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/T88oFdhBKBQ

 




PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM DECORATES ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

On Monday the 2nd/15th of July 2013, His Beatitude Theophilos, Our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem decorated the Ambassador of Israel to the Dominican Republic and Caribbean Islands, Mr Bahij Mansour with the medal of the Small Crusader of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher for his interreligious contribution and for cultivating a spirit of religious tolerance among followers of different religions.

Mr Mansour thanked His Beatitude and pledged to bear favourable witness to the Churches of Jerusalem in his new mission.

 Mr Mansour was accompanied by Mr Cesar Margi, Head of Christian Affairs at the Israeli Ministry of Religious Affairs, and by his family.

From the Secretariat-General

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WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF RENE VISITS PATRIARCHATE

On Monday, the 2nd/15th of July 2013, the 50-member Women’s Association of the Greek Orthodox (Rum Orthodox) Community of the town of Rene near Nazareth, accompanied by priest f. Vasilios visited the Patriarchate.

The Women’s Association was received by His Beatitude Theophilos, Our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, who listened to the problems of their Community and pledged to maintain the aid provided to them, for which the Association extended their gratitude.

Having received blessings and gifts from His Beatitude, the pious women proceeded for veneration to the All-Holy Church of the Resurrection.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/9DniHAqwXdk

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TOURISM MINISTER OF PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY VISITED PATRIARCHATE

On Monday the 2nd/15th of July 2013, the Minister of Tourism of the Palestinian Authority Ms Rula Ma’ay’a visited the Patriarchate.

The Honourable Minister was received by His Beatitude Theophilos, Our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem. The two discussed issues pertaining to the Churches, the Monasteries, and the present-day archeological sites, in particular their conservation and fine operation for the faithful, pilgrims and tourists.

From the Secretariat General

httpv://youtu.be/3u071JS3b3I

 




COMMISSIONERS OF BIRZET COMMUNITY VISIT PATRIARCHATE

On Wednesday the 27th of June/10th of July 2013, the Commissioners of the Rum Orthodox Community of Birzet, a city adjacent to Ramallah, paid a visit to His Beatitude Theophilos, Our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Matters which concern the community were discussed during the visit, the first of which is the construction of a new church, due to the small capacity of the existing church of St George the Great Martyr and Trophy-Bearer.

For the purpose of the construction of a new church, His Beatitude provided the Commission with a reference letter required for the collection of the necessary donations.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/qu-zkBVIhds

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WIFE OF JORDAN PRIME MINISTER VISITS PATRIARCHATE

On Wednesday, the 27th of June/10th of July 2013, the wife of the Jordan Prime-Minister, Ms Im-Husam-Ensour visited the Patriarchate.

The Prime-Minister’s wife was received by His Beatitude Theophilos, Our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, in the presence of Guardians of the Holy Sepulcher.

During her visit, the Prime-Minister’s wife expressed her high regard over the prevailing order and decency at the Holy Sites of Pilgrimage and the Holy Monasteries she had toured in the context of her visit to Jerusalem and the Patriarchate.

Ms Ensour was accompanied by the Archimandrite of Fhes, f. Ieronymos, and Ms Im-Omar Gerasat, wife of serviceman Mr Abu Omar Gerasat, of an Orthodox Family with friendly ties to the Patriarchate.

At the visit, His Beatitude presented Ms Ensour with a painting in relief, made in Bethlehem, with a representation of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and a book on the History of Jerusalem by the late Chrysostomos Papadopoulos. Jerusalemite blessings were offered to the rest of the guests.  

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/Fs9X6GKfmSk

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