Ruling bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church received a circular letter from Patriarch Alexy II to arrange fundraising for victims of humanitarian catastrophe in South Ossetia. "Recently accomplished military actions in South Ossetia forced thousands of people leave their homes. According to various sources, over thirty thousands of South Ossetian residents found temporary refuge in the Russian Federation," Alexy II's letter says as cited by the Moscow Patriarchate official website.
His Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II accompanied with Metropolitan Daniel (Datuashvili) of Tskhum-Abkhazia Diocese and a large group of priests and nuns left for Gori. The Catholicos Patriarch is expected to meet the local population in Gori and Nikozi, and if it is available to go to Tskhinvali as well. The Patriarchate of Georgia has been delivering humanitarian assistance through IDP's and injured population.
Head of Orthodox Church in Czech Lands and Slovakia visits St. Sergius’ Laura of the Trinity and Moscow Theological Academy18. August 2008 - 13:45
His Beatitude Christopher, Metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, visited St. Sergius' Laura of the Trinity and the Moscow Theological Academy on 13 August.
According to the MTA press service, Metropolitan Christopher was welcomed by Archbishop Yevgeny of Vereya, MTA rector, and Bishop Feognost of Sergiev Posad, father superior of the Laura. His Beatitude said a prayer at the shrine of St. Sergius of Radonezh, the founder of the Laura, and was invited to a reception given in his honour. The head of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia is in Russia on a pilgrimage. During his previous visits, he never failed to come to the Laura and the Academy, his alma mater.
With respect to the recently published articles reporting that allegedly His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew believes that it is possible for the Greek Catholics (Uniates) to have a "double union", in other words, full communion with Rome as well as with Constantinople, the Ecumenical Patriarchate refutes this inaccurate statement and affirms it was never made. The Ecumenical Patriarchate repeats its position that full union in faith is a prerequisite for sacramental communion.
At the Patriarchate, the 5th of July 2008
From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy Synod
The Sixth Islam-Orthodox Dialogue wrapped up here Friday after two days.
A delegation from Religions Dialogue Center at Iran's Culture and Islamic Communications Organization and representatives of Russian Orthodox Church were present in the two-day talks in Moscow. Chancellor of Iran's Islamic Culture and Thought Research Center and a member of the country's Supreme Cultural Revolution Council Hojjatoleslam Sadeqi Rashad headed Iran's five-member team to the talks. The dialogue focused on man and God from the view point of Islam and Orthodox Christianity and the participants issued a final statement at the end.
Some highlights related to the Djakovica church land usurpation
UNMIK Spokesperson RussellGeekie
Thank you Edita. Are there any questions?
Kim Radio: Mr. Geekie, what will UNMIK undertake to preventconstruction of City Parkin Gjakova on the foundations of the templeof Holy Trinity which was mined anddemolished three times from 1999 onwards? Municipal Government has beenconstructing the city park without the approval of the Serbian Orthodox Church,although this land is owned by the Orthodox Church. What is your jurisdiction?What can you do to stop annihilation of the Orthodox temple in Gjakova?
Russell: At this time, I would be uncertain of our jurisdiction, asyou put it. What I can tell you is that the SRSG is very much aware of thisissue, and he does - as part of his visits throughout Kosovo, he does plan tovisit Gjakova Municipalitynext week.