The letter of UNESCO Director-General to Serbian Patriarch

Your Beatitude, I wish to refer to your letter of 15 September 2011, concerning the World Heritage site of the Medieval Monuments in Kosovo. As you know, UNESCO's mission is to contribute to sustainable development, mutual understanding and peace through education, the sciences, culture and communication and information. Moreover, the Organization is convinced of the tremendous potentiai of cuiturai neritage as a motor for development, and as a tool for enhancing mutual understanding and social cohesion. I would like to assure you that UNESCO continues to spare no effort to safeguard the VVorld Heritage site of the Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, in close cooperation with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the appropriate authorities and all the people committed to preserving the precious shared heritage of humankind.

Russians Flock To See Virgin Mary Relic

Russians Flock To See Virgin Mary Relic

Braving freezing cold temperatures and ice-covered sidewalks, tens of thousands of Russians stood in line Wednesday to see and kiss a newly arrived relic of the Virgin Mary in Russia’s largest Orthodox cathedral.

The Virgin Mary’s Cincture, a belt that Christians believe was worn by Jesus’ mother, was brought to Russia last month from Mount Athos, a monastic community in Greece.

Sacred Book Stolen from Buffalo Church

Sacred Book Stolen from Buffalo Church

A Buffalo church community is asking the public for help after someone broke into the church over the weekend.  "It was on Saturday morning that I was walking the dog and I noticed this light on this pole that was smashed," said Father Volodymer Zablotskyy.

It took another look for Father Zablotskyy to realize burglars used a ladder to creep up and tear cooper from the roof of the sides of the Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church. Some parts were stripped away completely.

Almost 300 thsd people venerated the Belt of the Mother of God in Moscow, over 2 millions of people - in Russia

About 285 thousands of people venerated the Belt of the Holy Virgin during its stay in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Headquarters for its stay in the capital told Interfax-Religion.

Tens of thousands of believers stand in the line to the church. Average time of waiting for access to the church is 24 hours. Not only Muscovites, but people from regions came to venerate the shrine.

691 buses with pilgrims have arrived at the cathedral for the time of the shrine's stay since November 19.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visits Archbishop Demetrios of America at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

Vice President Joe Biden visited today Archbishop Demetrios of America, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America at the headquarters of the Archdiocese in Manhattan.

The two discussed the matter of religious freedom and the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other issues of mutual interest regarding security and peace in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.