Croatian archdiocese gives cherished relic to Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem

The Archdiocese of Zadar, Croatia, has handed over a relic of St. Simeon to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in an ecumenical gesture that the Orthodox Archbishop Theofylactus said should be "inscripted in the history of the Church in Jerusalem with golden letters."

Relics of St. Simeon-who held the infant Jesus in the Temple-was taken from Jerusalem to Constantinople in the 13th century, and was apparently destined for Venice when a storm on the Adriatic Sea forced the ship off course toward what is now Croatia. The saint's remains have been venerated in Zadar since that time.

Russian senator urges creation of intl fund to protect Kosovo holy sites

Alexander Torshin, first deputy speaker of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, has proposed establishing an international fund to protect holy sites in Kosovo. "It is necessary to set up a fund that would be international and would be responsible for helping rebuild, maintain and, should such a need arise, protect Orthodox churches and monasteries in Serbia's enclaves of Kosovo and Metohija," Torshin told Interfax on Tuesday.

Orthodox residents of Kosovo hope for Russian support

Deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Nikolay Balashov who has recently visited the enthronement of new Serbian Patriarch Irinej says Kosovo residents lay special hopes for support of Russians. "Russia's support, spiritual unity with Orthodox people of the Holy Rus' inspires hope in Orthodox people in Kosovo," Father Nikolay said on Wednesday in his interview to Interfax-Religion.

Orthodox Sacred Music Festival taking new heights

Estonia is known for its long tradition of big music and song festivals. An international festival of Orthodox sacred music, "Credo," has taken place in Estonia since 1994 and has, since then, been an important event of musical life every September. The festival's goal is the preservation, development and popularization of Orthodox musical culture. Masterly performances, a wide variety of concert programs and a considerable increase in the interest in Orthodox culture among the contemporary world, give promise of a great European-scale event.

Bulgaria's Capital Celebrates St. Sofia Day

Bulgaria's capital celebrates Friday St. Sofia Day - the date when the Orthodox world pays homage to the Holy Martyrs Sofia and her three daughters Faith, Hope and Love. The September 17, 2010 events dedicated to the Day of Sofia will be opened with a parade starting at 11 am from the "Zaimov" park in downtown Sofia.