At the House of the National Assembly on June 24, 2009 the 16th Orthodox Inter-Parliamentary General Assembly was opened with a formal session. It is being held in Belgrade from June 24 – 28, 2009 and its host is the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.
Assembly Chairman and the member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Sergei Popov, who pointed out that this conference is a chance to be heard a voice of Orthodoxy and the voice of all Christians. Popov also announced that the General Assembly will consider a response to the world economic crisis from the point of view of Christianity, as well as focus on the status of the orthodox people in Kosovo and Metohija, stressing that the forthcoming celebration of the 620th annual of the Battle of Kosovo, on June 28th.
With "great emotion" Benedict XVI announced that a recent scientific probe confirmed what Catholic tradition has always held, namely that the body of the Apostle Paul is located under the papal altar in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. The announcement was made today in the basilica itself during the homily of the First Vespers of the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul, which brings the Pauline Year to a close, a year that was held to celebrate 2,000 years since the birth of the Apostle of Tarsus.
Archbishop Demetrios of America announces the visit of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the United States this coming October for a three-stage visit, which will include an Environmental Symposium on the Mississippi River and visits to New York, Atlanta and Washington D.C.
The annual pilgrimage to New Skete Monastery here will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2009, during the Post-Feast of the Transfiguration. The theme of this year's pilgrimage is "Jesus: The Heart of Renewal." In addition to a full schedule of liturgical services and other events, Dr. Peter Bouteneff of Saint Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, NY, will address pilgrims on the theme's theological significance, while Sister Rebecca will offer a presentation on the image of Christ in the world as reflected in iconography.
The 76th meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation took place at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, June 1 to 3, 2009. The session, hosted by the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas [SCOBA], was co-chaired by His Eminence, Metropolitan Maximos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and Roman Catholic Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.