In Paris on June 21, 2011 the 18th Interplanetary Orthodox Assembly was opened. This year's session was devoted to religious values in the time of the world economic crisis.
In the work of the General Assembly participate parliamentary delegations from the member countries of this organization (Serbia, Russia, Bulgaria, Cypruss, Romania, Ukrain, Belarus, Moldavia, Georgia, Montenegro, Armenia, Albania, Kazakhstan, Litvania, Letonia, Poland, Slovakia, Finnland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Australia, the United States of America and several countries of Asia and Africa).
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presented an exhibition “Children of Lausanne” in Ankara on Thursday. The exhibition covers the history of the exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey through the photographs of the Counselor of the Greek Embassy in Ankara, Mr. Stratos Efthimiou.
The exhibition “Children of Lausanne,” illustrates through photographs, stories of people who were forced to migrate to Greece and Turkey, abandoning their lands as was stipulated in the Treaty of Lausanne.
The exhibition organized in the gallery Kara of the Municipality of Tsangaya will run until July 14th.
Serbia prevented, after the diplomatic war in the UNESCO Committee for the Protection of World Cultural Heritage an attempt to rename the monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) in Kosovo and Metohija from the Serbian heritage as "Kosovo's heritage", Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Vuk Jeremic said today in Becici.
"The sanctities of the SOC are not and cannot be the cultural monuments of Kosovo" Jeremic stressed.
On 25 June 2011, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Bryansk and proceeded to the juncture of borders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine to take part in the opening ceremony of the “Slavonic Unity-2011” International Festival.
The European Council of Religious Leaders will hold its annual meeting from June 21-23 in Moscow for the first time. As was proposed by the Russian Orthodox Church, the ECRL will consider Human Rights and Traditional Values in Europe.
The ECRL is one of the four regional interreligious councils under the World Conference of Religions for Peace. It unites authoritative religious leaders in Europe including Christians, Jews and Muslims and provides for the participation of other traditional religions represented in the continent. Founded in Oslo in 2002, it consists of 45 members.