Order of Russian Orthodox Church to Serbian Filmmaker Jovan Markovic

At the celebration held on 7 December in the Great hall of the church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, organized on the occasion of the completion of the work of this year's Pan-Slavic Art Forum "Golden Knight", His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the president of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, awarded the Serbian film director, screenwriter and film producer Jovan Markovic with the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh. 

Opening Ceremony for International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue

On Monday, November 26, 2012, His All-Holiness attended and addressed the opening ceremony of The King Abdullah International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in Austria.

Renowned academic circles at a symposium in Italy requested that the Macedonian authorities immediately release Archbishop Jovan

Recently, in the “St John of Calabria” Monastery, in Bivongi, Calabria, Italy, the international symposium “COLLOQUI DIONISIANI” was held for the third time, a symposium that is already very well known among the academic and theological circles, and is of a great significance for the orthodoxy.

It represents a high level of spiritual-theological-academic meetings in which internationally renowned speakers take part. This year’s conference was dedicated to the Ecumenical Councils and the topics will contribute to the organization of the next Pan-Orthodox meeting.

Plans Suspended for Russian Cathedral in Paris

According to reports, François Hollande is under growing pressure to approve plans for a Russian Orthodox cathedral and cultural centre near the Eiffel Tower or risk straining diplomatic relations with Moscow. The plan to build the whitewashed cathedral, complete with five golden domes reaching up to 85.6 feet (26 metres) high, was meant to “promote Russian civilisation”, and comes “directly” from President Vladimir Putin. However, the design caused controversy in Paris, earning some strong criticism from President Hollande’s ally and mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, who described it as “an ostentation” of “pastiche architecture” and “mediocre”.