One more Russian church to open in Mt. Athos

The Russian Athonite Society signed a contract with St. Paul Athos Monastery on financing a construction of St. Paul Church above the Holy cave of the saint. Private persons and organizations will donate funds to the Russian Athonite Society, the Society's press service has reported. The holy cave is situated not far from the monastery. Its founder St. Paul of Xiropotam lived in it at the 10th century.

Archbishop of Paris to visit Russia

Archbishop of Paris Andre Vingt-Trois will be in Russia on a visit on October 26 to 30 at the invitation of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia. "The Russian Patriarch visited Paris last year, where he was cordially welcomed by the Catholic side. It is the cardinal's return visit," Priest Igor Vyzhanov, secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, told Interfax-Religion on Tuesday.

Alexy II: It was unreasonable not to mention the role of Christianity in European history when drafting EU Constitution

Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia believes that it contradicts historical truth not to mention the role of Christianity in the history of European civilization.

"I am convinced that the decision to exclude even mentioning of Christian basis from the Constitution of united Europe was unreasonable," Alexy II said at the session of guardian council of the Orthodox Encyclopedia church-scientific center in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.

Address of Patriarch BARTHOLOMEW to the XIIth General Assembly of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church

THE WORD OF GOD
IN THE LIFE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH

 

Your Holiness,
Synodal Fathers,

It is at once humbling and inspiring to be graciously invited by Your Holiness to address the XIIth Ordinary General Assembly of this auspicious Synod of Bishops, an historical meeting of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church from throughout the world, gathered in one place to meditate on "the Word of God" and deliberate on the experience and expression of this Word "in the Life and Mission of the Church."

Synaxis of the Heads of the Orthodox Churches in Constantinople

On the occasion of the celebration of the Year 2008 as the Year of Saint Paul and under the presidency of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew the Synaxis of the Heads of the Orthodox Churches, is called in Constantinople, October 9-12. The Synaxis is held along the Pauline Symposium which will run through October 16.

This biblical symposium is held in honor of St. Paul and will focus on aspects of the life, the apostolic activity and the teachings of the great Apostle of the Nations which are connected with our contemporary world. The Pauline Symposium is an academic offering of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the Primates of the Church for the enrichment of their pastoral care and work.