Election of a New Metropolitan by the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On Tuesday, November 27, 2013, the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected Bishop Athenagoras of Sinope as the New Metropolitan of Belgium. His Grace Bishop Athenagoras of Sinope, (in the world Yves Peckstadt) was born on the 24th March 1962 in Ghent (Belgium), as a son of Archpriest Ignace Peckstadt (Orthodox parish of Ghent) and Marie-Thérèse Janssens.

Canonization of Two New Saints by the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On Tuesday, November 27, 2013, the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided the formal inclusion in the List of Saints of the Orthodox Church of elder Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia and of venerable Meletios of Lardos. Feast Day of Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia: December 2nd. Feast Day of Saint Meletios of Lardos: February 12th.