On Monday, September 12, 2022, during the fourth day of his missionary visit, Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and all Africa, accompanied by Bishop Prodromos of Toliara and South Madagascar, visited the 7th and 8th educational institutions of the Holy Diocese and inaugurated these two new school units.
He was warmly welcomed by the teachers and students of the schools. The Patriarch spoke about the importance of education in people’s lives, as these young children are the future and the hope of the country. He then distributed stationery, notebooks and pencils.
At noon he visited the central penitentiary of Toliara, where he was warmly welcomed by the administrative staff, workers and inmates.
Patriarch Theodoros spoke with words of hope to the prisoners and explained to them the meaning of forgiveness and repentance in human life. He assured them that the Orthodox Church and the local Diocese will be beside them and congratulated the local Bishop Prodromos for the initiative to distribute food to the prisons three times a week. The prisoners number a total of 800 people.
In the afternoon of the same day, in a cordial atmosphere, he received members of the Muslim Community of Toliara.
Patriarch Theodoros spoke about the course of the Alexandrian Church, the fraternal coexistence of Christians and Muslims over the centuries and thanked the members of the community for their practical help in the charitable work of the Holy Diocese.
On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, the Patriarch of Alexandria with his entourage departed by air for Antananarivo where he will continue his missionary tour in the Holy Metropolis of Antananarivo and Northern Madagascar.