On Tuesday 25 November 2014, the Feast Day of Saint Catherine, the Omniscient Holy Great Martyr, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa conducted the Festal Patriarchal and Synodal Divine Liturgy at the Holy Patriarchal Church of St Savvas the Sanctified in Alexandria, where the marble column on which the Saint was beheaded is kept, The Service was concelebrated by the Hierarchs of the Patriarchate.
Present at the Eucharistic Gathering were the Honourable Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture Mrs Mendonis, His Excellency the Ambassador of Greece to Cairo Mr. Ch Lazaris, the Honourable Consul General of Greece in Alexandria Mr. Ch. Kapodistrias, the distinguished journalist Mrs. A. Panagiotareas, the Educational Attaché of North Africa and the Middle East Mr. P. Kappides, the Honourable Chairman of the Hellenic Community of Alexandria Mr. I. Siokas, Chairmen of Societies and Associations of the Great City and others. It was also the birthday of His Beatitude and there were many wishes for his long life on the Throne of Saint Mark.
A festive gathering followed in the Throne Room of the Patriarchal Monastery, where His Beatitude received the wishes of his flock, while a festive meal was hosted at the Hellenic Community of Alexandria Club, during which, the Priests of the Patriarchate presented the anniversary Volume on the occasion of the completion of a decade since the election and enthronement of His Beatitude.
On Wednesday and Thursday, 26 and 27 November 2014 respectively, the Holy Synod of the Hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa chaired by His Beatitude Pope and Patriarch Theodoros II, convened to discuss important pastoral, administrative and other current issues.
The deliberations of the Holy Synod continued in the afternoon of 26 November when matters placed and discussed were the deliberations of the Synod of Hierarchs convened last March in Constantinople, as well as the general Pan-Orthodox Dialogue in view of the Great Synod.
His Eminence Archbishop Sergios, Metropolitan of Good Hope (Cape Town) is the representative on the organising committee for the Patriarchate of Alexandria. He delivered his report on the recent preliminary meetings which were held in Geneva and answered many questions about the process and other details about the preparations.