Christian world

Cross set up at the bottom of the Black Sea

Divers set up a cross at the bottom of theBlack Sea in the district of the Karantinnaya Bay in Sevastopol.

Earlier, dean of the Sevastopol churchdistrict Archpriest Sergy Khalyuta consecrated it to commemorate Orthodox Christians perished in the sea.

Orthodox divers initiated setting up the cross in frames of the project the Holy Sea timed for celebrations of the 1025 anniversary of the Baptism of Russia, press service of the Simferopol Diocese reports.

Second Interfaith Dialogue between Serbia and Indonesia

The state religious delegation of the Republic of Serbia is in the official visit to Indonesia from 22-26 October 2013 where they participate on the Second Bilateral Interfaith Dialogue between Serbia and Indonesia.

The first time in history of our country the state officials and all religious primates together in the official visit to one state. For the intereligious dialogue with Indonesia, the Republic of Serbia formed the highest state religious delegation consinsting of: 

  • His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, chief of the religious part of the delegation 
  • Dr. Mileta Radojevic, chief of the state part of the delegation, Director of the Office of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities 
  • Dr. Dragan Novakovic, assistant to Director of the Office 
  • Mons. Stanislav Hocevar, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade 
  • Adem effendi Zilkic, Reis-ul-Ulema of the Islamic Community of Serbia
  • Isak Asiel, rabi of the Jewish Community in Serbia
  • Muhamed ef. Jusufspahic, mufti of Serbia and imam of Belgrade, deputy of Reis-ul-ulema of the Islamic Community of Serbia
  • Professor Dr. Dragomir Sando, Vice Dean at the Faculty of the Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade
  • Dr. Aleksandar Rakovic, Coordinator of the Interfaith Dialogue of of Serbia and Indonesia and President of the Society of the Serbian-Indonesian Friendship "Nusantara" 
  • Protodeacon Radomir Rakic, Editor in Chief of the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Amid new attacks, Egypt’s Copts preserve heritage

 THE RED MONASTERY, Egypt (AP) — Locked inside a 6th century church in a desert monastery are some of the jewels of early Christianity — ancient murals in vivid pinks, greens and reds depicting saints, angels and the Virgin Mary with a baby Jesus, hidden for centuries under a blanket of black soot.

Syria: Christians erect statue of Jesus Christ as symbol of hope and peace

Envoys of the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches have erected a monumental statue of Christ on top of the Cherubim Mountain in the Syrian city of Saidnaya. The statue symbolizes hope and peace.

Icon of St Innocent of Irkutsk presented to Orthodox parish in Hong Kong

 On 14 October 2013, the feast day of the Intercession of the Mother of God, an icon of St Innocent of Irkutsk, the heavenly patron of the Orthodox Church in China, was presented to the Orthodox parish of Ss Peter and Paul in Hong Kong with the blessing of Metropolitan Vadim of Irkutsk and Angarsk.

International Seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” takes place in Moscow

International Seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” takes place in Moscow
International Seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” takes place in Moscow
International Seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” takes place in Moscow
International Seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” takes place in Moscow

A seminar on “Religious Communities for Justice and Peace” took place in the capital of Russia on 11 March 2013. Taking part in the seminar were representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, World Council of Churches, Evangelical Church in Germany, the National Council of Churches in Korea, Protestant communities of Russia, as well as scholars, cultural figures, and foreign guests.