Dear reader, as you run like the rest of us along the dizzy main road, stop, stay aside for a while. Let the others be dizzy, and take the secret underground trail, which will lead you through the dewdrops of the leaves, the crystal smile of the sun, the city’s underground galler- ies, your knowledge, and your feelings, to the doorstep of the Hagia Sophia. Because all dew- drops, all sunrays, and all beauty lead there. That is what you will be told by my friend, the author, whom I am fond of and whom I send you to, Charalambos Stathakis: the doctor, the warm and humane researcher, the scientist devoted to his work and his patients, who has given a series of scientific papers, who, nevertheless, retains a nest of beauty untouched in his heart, which makes him outstanding—even though he is not a specialist in architecture, nor a historian, nor a theologian, nor a Byzantinist—it makes him stand out in all these together and in entirety.
The collection of articles traces the thought of Christos Yanaras through his long journey in discovering the meaning of existence, communion, eros, and history. It is a cause of immense joy that no vewer than twenty articles of passionate significance and substance have at present been gathered together in this volume under the title The Meaning of Reality. Yannaras is undoubtedly one of the most significant thinkers of our time. Kallistos Ware once described him as "the most creative and prohetic religious thinker at work in Greece today," while Rowan Williams characterizes him as "one of the most significant Christian philosophers in Europe."
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch has attended today the formal academy on the occasion of the Day of the University in Belgrade.
The monastery of Zica, the endowment of Saint Sava and St. Simon (king Stephen the First Crowned), formerly the seat of the first Serbian archbishopric and the coronation site of the first Serbian king, today is the greatest female monastery in which sisterhood, led by heugomene, mother Jelena, continues with the tradition of the Serbian spirituality, which was based here by the holy brothers. Marking the 800th anniversary of the monastery, its sisterhood organize the first international spiritually scientific Symposium on female monasticism, which is held from September 1-4, 2011, with a participation of thirty lecturers and 250-300 guests from Russia, Greece, Cyprus, Izrael, France, Poland, Romania, Syria, Georgia, Montenegro, Republic of Srpska, Croatia and Serbia.
XXIII International Congress of Byzantine Studies opened on August 22, 2011, in Sofia. It is held once in every five years in various countries which have their own tradition of Byzantine studies. It is already for the second time that the congress is held in the Bulgarian capital. It hosted the 4th congress in 1934. The official opening of the forum took place in the afternoon in the University of Sofia. In the evening, a reception was held at the State Museum of History on the occasion of the opening of the congress. Present at the reception was Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov.