The Cathedral Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica is a place of forgiveness and reconciliation and in this way the best contribution of Montenegro to the celebration of the jubilee of the Edict of Milan, from which the principle of religious freedom was derived and proclaimed around the world, as it was emphasized at the spiritual academy in Podgorica last night.
The spiritual academy was attended by primates of the Orthodox Churches led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, church dignitaries, representatives of other Christian Churches and traditional religious communities and members of the Honorary Board of celebration led by President of Montenegro Mr. Filip Vujanovic. His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral pointed out in solemn speech that the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ, which construction had begun two decades ago, represented a call for forgiveness and reconciliation in Montenegro.
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.
The closing ceremony of the 17 centuries of the Edict of Milan was held in Nis in front of the church of Sts. Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen. HIs All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officiated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy.
In the Holy Liturgy in Serbian, Greek, Church-Slavonic and Arabic language, Patriarch Teophilos III of Jerusalem, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Serbian Patriarch Irinej concelebrated along with archbishops of the Local Orthodox Churches, bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the clergy.
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.