Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and all Africa celebrated his nameday close to his spiritual children, the Orthodox Africans, as he does every year since taking over the patriarchal throne.
This year too, the Patriarch of Alexandria, while in the Republic of Malawi, visited the Church of St. Catherine of Dirande, accompanied by Metropolitan Daniel of Axum and local Bishop Fotios of Malawi, for the inauguration of the temple mentioned above.
The Dirande area is one of the most deprived areas of the city, as garbage piles up throughout the Bladire region, causing residents of the area, especially young children, to suffer from serious diseases such as cholera due to contaminated water and fumes from the incineration of waste.
The Church of St. Catherine, in this area, has been built by a donation given by the businessman Dimitrios Buckle.
The Patriarch and his concelebrant Archpriests held the service for the inauguration, followed by the first Patriarchal Divine Liturgy, for the patriarch’s nameday.