His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Podgorica by special plane from Nis to the celebration of the 17 centuries of the Edict of Milan and the consecration of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica.
His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral; Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and other members of the Patriarch's delegation came to Podgorica along with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
More than 5000 people gathered last nigh in Nis where, with lighted candles in their hands, formed a giant glowing cross within the action "I am also part of the cross", which is organized as the part of the commemoration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan.
The people gathered in front of the church of Sts. Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen, on the corner of Nemanjic blvd. and Sremska street. The Serbian Orthodox Church and the Municipality of Mediana of the City of Nis organized this gathering.
While delivering the toast to patriarchs and high dignitaries of Christian Churches, said that in Kosovo and Metohija the time was returned in the period before the Edict of Milan, which granted the freedom of faith to Christians, and that Orthodox Christianity survived days of an ordeal.
Nikolic, in his address to guests of the central celebration of the 17 centuries of the Edict of Milan, pointed out that with this document the system of values was established, which since its adoption until the end of the world applies to every Christian,and also to every man being regardless of religion, because there is nothing more sublime than accepting diversity, philosophy of tolerance, and understanding that the human communities can live in prosperity only if they accept and respect each other.
In Belgrade His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios (Yanulatos) of Tirana and All Albania arrived yesterday afternoon in Belgrade with his delegation.
The Primate of the Albanian Autocephalous Orthodox Church is participating in the celebrations on the occasion of the commemoration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan in Belgrade and Nis, as well as in the consecration of the church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica.
At the Nikola Tesla airport His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and Bishop Jovan of Sumadija, Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand and Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac welcomed Archbishop Anastasios.