Metropolitan of Smyrna and the Metropolitan of Nea Ionia in Romania

Metropolitan Bartholomew of Smyrna presided over the liturgies dedicated to the annual commemoration of Saint Niphon, Patriarch of Constantinople, at the invitation of Bishop Niphon of Târgovişte, Hierarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Romfea News reports.

The saint reformed the church life of the Romanian Orthodox Church and made a very important contribution towards the preservation of Romanian’s Orthodox Faith.

Metropolitan Gabriel of Nea Ionia and Philadelphia and Archimandrite Elder Petros, Abbot of the Dionysiou Monastery of Mount Athos, were invited to participate in the liturgies.

Metropolitan Bartholomew, Hierarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, presided over the Archieratic Concelebration of the Divine Liturgy in the central square of Târgovişte on August 11, which was attended by thousands of believers, including the prime minister of Romania and members of the government.

The Metropolitan of Smyrna spoke to the faithful about the legacy of Saint Niphon and conveyed the wishes of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Metropolitan Bartholomew spoke to the professors of the School of Theology and the Orthodox Seminary of Târgovişte about the role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Orthodox Church.

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