A committee of Orthodox clergy from the EU countries has started work at the European Union. The committee is widely expected to open up new prospects for enhancing European cultural values. According to the Russian Orthodox Church representative in the EU, Archpriest Anatoliy Ilyin, the dialogue between the political community and the church should also give Orthodoxy a say in political decision-making. The initiative to set up such a committee belongs to Metropolitan Ilarion, who heads the Foreign Relations Department in the Moscow Patriarchate, and Metropolitan Immanuil, who represents the Constantinople Patriarchate.
Yesterday in the Patriarchal court, presided by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia , the first session of the Committee for marking 60 years since death of the Serbian Patriarch Gavrilo Dozic (1881-1950).
His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew honored by Prince Albert of Monaco for Environmental Leadership11. March 2010 - 11:11
Prince Albert II, current ruler of the Principality of Monaco and high patron of the Cardinal Paul Poupard Foundation, chose His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on March 3, 2010 to become his first recipient of the Cardinal Poupard Prize. He honored and recognized the Ecumenical Patriarch for his "engagement in favor of safeguarding creation" and environmental leadership.
His Eminence Paul Cardinal Poupard is the President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Culture and President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue for the Holy See. The award was given to His All Holiness in a ceremony at the Hotel de Paris in the Principality of Monaco.
Academic board of the National Research Nuclear University (MIFI) named Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia its honorary doctor. The diploma was given to Patriarch Kirill at a festival ceremony in the institute assembly hall after the Russian Church Primate consecrated the University's home church dedicated to the Mother of God of Smolensk.
Concert of Russian spiritual music is to take place in ancient Agia Eirini museum church on March 26. Oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra The Passion According to St. Matthew by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk will be performed at the concert. "Idea of holding such a concert was discussed at Patriarch Kirill's meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew during his visit to the Constantinople Church on July 4-5, 2009. The Primate and other prominent hierarchs of the Constantinople Patriarchate backed it up," a source in the Synodal Department for External Church Relations told Interfax-Religion correspondent.
On March 4, 2004 one hour after midnight Chilandar Monastery on the Mount Athos was caught by a catastrophic fire. There were no casualties, and the firefighters, monks and workers in the monastery managed to keep the fire under control. The fire, which spread by the rooftop, completely destroyed a part of the monastery complex from the heugomen's cell, through the hospitality rooms all the way to the Tower of Saint Sava. The Church of King Milutin, the treasury, archives and monastery library remained out of the reach of the fire.