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Inter-religious Council of the Ministry of Faith of the Republic of Serbia established

Today on June 17, 2010 in Belgrade a Inter-religious Council of the Ministry of Faith of the Republic of Serbia was established, and it consists of Prof. Dr. Bogoljub Sijakovic, Minister of Faith of the Republic of Serbia; Bishop Dr. Irinej Bulovic of Backa; Stanislav Hocevar, Archbishop of Belgrade of the Roman Catholic Church in Serbia; Reis-ul-ulema of the Islamic Community of Serbia Adem Zilkic and Rabbi Isaac Asiel, chief rabbi of the Jewish Community in Serbia. The Inter-religious Council is open for further appointments of members from among the dignitaries of the traditional churches and religious communities and prominent lay people.

Minister of Faith Bogoljub Sijakovic pointed out the tasks of the Inter-religious Council: affirmation of religious freedom and religious culture, publishing communiqués (epistles) on important social issues, organizing scientific meetings, panels, round tables and advice on current topics, participation in the preparation of normative solutions, reviewing and interpreting of the tendency of public life, considering the importance of religious freedom and religious culture in the European context.

Message By Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew For World Environment Day

Message By His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for World Environment Day (June 5, 2010)

Inasmuch as, at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we have long been concerned about problems related to the preservation of the natural environment, we have ascertained that the fundamental cause of the abuse and destruction of the world's natural resources is greed and the constant tendency toward unrestrained wealth by citizens in so-called "developed" nations.

Patriarch Kirill supports restoration of places connected with mass massacre of Jews by fascist occupants

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia backed up To Restore Dignity Russian Jewish Congress project dedicated to preserving and commemorating places of massive extermination of Jews by fascist occupants.

"The program aimed at keeping the memory about innocent people deserves support and sympathy," Patriarch Kirill said in his message to the Russian Jewish Congress President Yury Kanner that was read out on Thursday at a round table in the Moscow Memorial Synagogue.

Moscow turns ownership of public monasteries over to Orthodox Church

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered the handover of about 20 Moscow-area monasteries to the Russian Orthodox Church, returning properties seized during the Bolshevik Revolution almost a century ago.

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Italian version of Patriarch Kirill’s Freedom and Responsibility presented at Catholic University of Milan

The Italian version of Patriarch Kirill's book entitled Freedom and Responsibility was presented on 17 May 2010 at the Catholic University of Milan. The presentation was led by Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's department for external church relations.

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

On 19 May 2010, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, currently in Rome with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, met with the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, at the Council's library in the Vatican.