Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew attends event with Greek traditional dances

On Tuesday, May 4, 2010, His All Holiness attended an event with traditional dances from the dance group of the Patriarchal Great School of the Nation at the Cultural and Artistic Association of Ferikoi.

Source: www.patriarchate.org (Photo by N. Manginas)

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Metropolitan Hilarion meets with the Georgian Orthodox hierarchs

On 26 April 2010, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, met with Metropolitan Gerasim of Zugdidi and Thaish, head of the Foreign Department of the Georgian Orthodox Church, and Metropolitan Melchizedek of Dedoplisckaro and Ereti. The meeting took place during intermission between plenary session of the World Summit of Religious Leaders being held in Baku. They discussed topical problems on the agenda of the Inter-Orthodox dialogue, including preparations for the next session of the Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference in Chambesy and prospects of relations between the Russian and Georgian Orthodox Churches.

Meeting of the European Council of Religious Leaders opens in Istanbul

The annual meeting of the European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL) opened in Istanbul on 26 April 2010. The Council is comprised of thirty representatives of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrism from European countries. The ECRL objective is to promote peaceful coexistence of the communities of different religions in Europe. This years the Council's meeting is being held under the headline "At the Crossroads: Justice, Equality and Sharing as Basis for Cultures of Peace."

Code on Holy Sites presented in Istanbul

On 28 April 2010, Code on Holy Sites was presented at the session of the European Council of Religious Leaders. The document, compiled on the initiative of representatives of religious communities and expert circles from different countries, was adopted at the Conference in Trondheim in 2009. It was prepared with the aim of regulating the situation with holy sites of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

The document seeks to define the notion of holy sites: "Holy sites are places of religious significance for particular religious communities. They include, but are not limited to, places of worship, cemeteries and shrines, incorporating their immediate surroundings when these form an integral part of the site. For the purposes of this Code, holy sites are places of defined and limited area that are designated as such by each religious community according to its customs, recognizing also that a single site can be sacred to more than one community."

Russian Orthodox clergy participate in conference of Russian compatriots living in China

The 4th Conference of Russian Compatriots in China took place on May 4-5, 2010, in Harbin under the theme ‘Russian Historical Heritage in China: Problems of Study, Preservation and Popularization in the Light of the 65th Anniversary of the Great Victory'. It was attended by representatives from all the regions in China as well as Russian Orthodox clergy including Archpriest Dionisy Pozdnyaev, rector of Sts Peter and Paul's Church in Hong Kong, and Rev. Sergiy Voronin, rector of the Orthodox Community of the Dormition at the Russian embassy.