Πρώτη ιεραποστολική επίσκεψη του Πατριάρχη Αλεξανδρείας στη Γκάμπια. First pastoral visit of Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theodoros in the Gambia.Première visite missionnaire du Patriarche d’Alexandrie en Gambie!


Με χαρά βλέπουμε τη πρώτη ιεραποστολική επίσκεψη του Πατριάρχη Αλεξανδρείας στη νεοσύστατη ορθόδοξη κοινότητα της Γκάμπια, όπου υπάρχει ορθόδοξο σχολείο, που ανοικοδόμησαν οι ενορίτες του μητροπολιτικού ναού αγ. Παντελεήμονα Φλώρινας. Σε μια χώρα, όπου μόνο το 8% του πληθυσμού ανήκει σε διάφορα χριστιανικά και παραχριστιανικά δόγματα ( οι υπόλοιποι είναι μουσουλμάνοι 90% και  ένα μικρό ποσοστό ανιμιστές ) , τώρα ξεκινά η πορεία της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας. Ευχόμαστε και προσευχόμαστε η Ορθόδοξη μαρτυρία, με τις ευλογίες του Τριαδικού Θεού, να προσελκύσει ψυχές που αναζητούν τον Ιησού Χριστό και την Εκκλησία Του.

Η ιστορική επίσκεψη της ΑΘΜ του Πάπα και Πατριάρχη Αλεξανδρείας και πάσης Αφρικής κ.κ. Θεοδώρου Β΄ στην Σιέρρα Λεόνε ολοκληρώθηκε το απόγευμα της Δευτέρας, 27ης Φεβρουαρίου 2012  όταν αποχαιρέτησε στη προβλήτα του λιμανιού της πρωτεύουσας Φρίταουν τον ιερό κλήρο της Σιέρρα Λεόνε, τους τοπικούς άρχοντες, τους Ιεραποστόλους και τους πιστούς.

Αργά το βράδυ ο Μακαριώτατος αφίχθη αεροπορικώς στην Γκάμπια και το πρωί της Τρίτης, 28ης Φεβρουαρίου 2012 ξεκίνησε την πρώτη του ποιμαντική επίσκεψη στην χώρα μεταβαίνοντας στον χώρο που ανεγέρθη το πρώτο Ορθόδοξο σχολείο όπου και ξεναγήθηκε στις κτιριακές εγκαταστάσεις και εθαύμασε το όλο έργο που ολοκληρώθηκε με φροντίδα των πιστών του Καθεδρικού Ναού Αγίου Παντελεήμονος της Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Φλωρίνης.

Στην συνέχεια ο Μακαριώτατος μετέβη στο Προεδρικό Μέγαρο και απουσιαζόντος εκτάκτως του Προέδρου της χώρας έγινε δεκτός κατ’ εντολή του από τον Εξοχ.Υπουργό παρά τω Προέδρω και τρία μέλη του Υπουργικού Συμβουλίου, ήτοι τους Υπουργούς Οικονομικών, Εργασίας και Γεωργίας.

Ο Μακ.Πατριάρχης ευχαρίστησε τους Εξοχ.Υπουργούς για την θερμή υποδοχή που του επεφύλαξαν, έκανε σύντομη αναφορά στην ιστορία και στο έργο του Πατριαρχείου στην Αφρικανική ήπειρο και παρακάλεσε η Πολιτεία να παραχωρήσει στο Πατριαρχείο γη για την ανέγερση Καθεδρικού Ναού και άλλων ευαγών ιδρυμάτων προς στήριξη των πτωχών.

Οι Εξοχ.Υπουργοί με την σειρά τους εξ ονόματος του κ. Προέδρου ευχαρίστησαν τον Πατριάρχη που επισκέπτεται την χώρα τους, τόνισαν πως για πρώτη φορά Χριστιανός ηγέτης επισκέπτεται την Γκάμπια και δεσμεύτηκαν πως το συντομότερο δυνατόν θα ανταποκριθούν στο αίτημά του, αφού είναι αρχή του Προέδρου να στηρίζει οποιοδήποτε προσπάθεια έχει σκοπό την στήριξη των αδυνάτων στην Γκάμπια, την χώρα της ειρήνης και της ειρηνικής συνύπαρξης ανθρώπων διαφορετικών θρησκειών.

Φεύγοντας από την Γκάμπια η ΑΘΜ εγκατέστησε τον π. Μάρκο ως υπεύθυνο για το ξεκίνημα του πρώτου Ιεραποστολικού πυρήνα στην Γκάμπια υπό την επίβλεψη του Πανοσιολ.Αρχιμ.κ.Θεμιστοκλή Αδαμοπούλου, Πατριαρχικού Επιτρόπου Σιέρρα Λεόνε.

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Η Γκάμπια υπάγεται στη νεοσύστατη επισκοπή της Σιέρρα Λεόνε, και ευχόμαστε και προσευχόμαστε πολλοί κάτοικοί της να βρουν την Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία ως πηγή » σωτηρίας» και Αναστάσεως και Αιωνιότητας.

The historic visit of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa to the suffering land of the bloody diamonds, which has left an indelible place in his heart, was completed with the patriarchal Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of St Eleftherios in the capital Freetown in Sierra Leone, on 26th February 2012. Accompanying him was His Eminence George Metropolitan of Accra, the Very Reverend Themistocles Adamopoulos Patriarchal Vicar of Sierra Leone and the local clergy. During the Divine Liturgy His Beatitude ordained deacon Theodoros to the Priesthood and the teacher and catechist Vaios to the Diaconate.

Before the end of the Divine Liturgy His Beatitude addressed the large congregation which had gathered from early on at the Cathedral and spoke words of love and compassion and called on all with love and harmony to forget the fury of the civil war which totally destroyed the country and to look to the future with optimism and hop and altogether to work hard to rebuild the country. He again congratulated Father Themistocles on his work and gave him a pectoral cross.

Present also at the Divine Liturgy were His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs, many state officials, , diplomats and Orthodox from Lebanon, Russia and the Ukraine. His Beatitude gave the Minister of Foreign Affairs an icon of the Most Holy Theotokos and thanked him that the state assists the work of the Orthodox Church. He also awarded the Cross of St Mark to His Excellency the Minister of Land planning and the Environment for giving the land on which churches and school are to be built, and to Mr Antonios Sklavos, a Greek from Australia, that assists Father Themistocles.

A huge surprise awaited the Alexandrian Primate when he left the Church and was faced with hundreds of invalid children, victims of the war who were patiently waiting for him to bless them and to kiss his hand and with eyes full of tears they asked him not to forget ehem ever and to promise them that he would visit them again.

The festive day closed with a programme presented by the students of the Orthodox Schools who sand and danced to the well-known traditional rhythms of West Africa.

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On the occasion of the feast of the commemoration of the Saints who shone in the Thebaid, on the morning of 24th February 2012, a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy was held at the Cathedral of St Eleftherios in Sierra Leone, during which His Eminence Metropolitan George of Accra ordained to the Diaconate the catechist Mark.

Following the end of the Divine Liturgy His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa met with the clergy of the Diocese of Sierra Leone and gave them paternal advice and blessings, emphasizing among other things that they are the first Orthodox Clergy of the country and must always be a shining example for all the people, as now the foundations of the Orthodox Church are being put in place there and these foundations need to be strong, just like those which the Apostle Mark set in Alexandria two thousand years ago.

His Beatitude then inaugurated the Educational Institute of the Diocese and the School of Journalism which is the first in the country and is in a most centralized point of the capital; he then had lunch with the teaching staff and the Missionary workers. In the afternoon he had a private meeting with the Minister in charge of Eastern African issues and they discussed issues having to do with the region particularly the scourge of AIDS and malaria.

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A great event for the Holy Diocese of Sierra Leone was the first Patriarchal Divine Liturgy conducted by His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa on 24th February 2012 at the Cathedral of St Eleftherios in the capital of Sierra Leone, the country which is being reborn from the ruins of the civil war.

Participating in the Divine Liturgy were His Eminence George Metropolitan of Accra, the Very Reverend Archimandrite Themistocles Adamopoulos and the local clergy. During the Divine Liturgy His Beatitude ordained to the Diaconate the Catechist Markos. Addressing the large congregation and the hundreds of children, he called on everyone to forget the divisions and the tragic results of the civil war and to look to the future with optimism and a great love for God and fellow man; he congratulated Father Themistocles for the multifaceted work which he is doing in the country and asked of the local authorities to always assist his efforts to contribute to the reconstruction of the country through the support programmes of education and health.

After the Divine Liturgy His Beatitude the Patriarch conducted the inauguration of the first Orthodox School which was built in the enormous grounds of the Cathedral which dominates the centre of the city. He was welcomed there by students who are at the school. During the ceremony of the inauguration His Beatitude thanked the Brotherhood of Orthodox External Missions in Thessaloniki which was responsible for the building of the Cathedral and the School, congratulated the Headmistress and the teaching staff on their work and prayed that this model school will be only the beginning of the great contribution of the Alexandrian Church to the teaching of the young people in Sierra Leone. The children of the nursery school, primary and high schools presented a festive programme and gave symbolic gifts to His Beatitude. The Alexandrian Primate was visibly moved as he watched the children and then distributed stationery to them all. A particularly moving moment came when all 1800 children sang the national anthem of their country.

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On the afternoon of Thursday, 23 February 2012, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa visit the installations buildings of the Diocese of Sierra Leone and was amazed at the work of the Patriarchal Vicar the Very Reverend Archimandrite Themistokles Adamopoulos, particularly the Educational Institute which he had built adjacent to the Diocese and the Holy Church of Ss Constantine and Helen which is being built, courtesy of the Chairman of the Missionary Association of St Cosmas the Aetolan, Mr George Aslanides.

He then went on to the town of Waterloo, where the Missionary Centre of St Moses the Ethiopian is situated. It is a centre which has been built exclusively to support amputee victims of the civil war. The patriarch was amazed with this unique centre which makes not only the Alexandrian Church proud, but all of Orthodoxy. In the Church of the Resurrection of the Lord and of St Moses the Ethiopian which is under construction a Doxology was sung and His Beatitude addressed words of love to the victims of the war and to hundreds of children who are at the Orthodox School in the buildings. He then laid the foundation stone of the Holy Church, unveiled the memorial plaque and distributed stationery to all the children.

He then toured the development which includes a school, clinic, presbytery, hostel rooms for the children who are amputees and the workshop where agricultural tools are made, where all the adults who are invalids work and try to make ends meet. The patriarch departed visibly moved that God had deemed him worthy to visit this modern day “Vasiliada”, stressing that his visit left it mark on his heart and promised that he would share with all the world this experience which he lived through with these children.

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