Orthodox vespers was conducted last week in Notre Dame de Paris following the tradition of Lent. Over 500 pilgrims from various cities of France and neighboring European countries venerated the Savior's crown of thorns. Rector of the Three Holy Hierarchs Church Hegumen Nestor (Sirotenko) conducted the vespers, the Korsun Diocese website has reported.
Bulgarian Orthodox Church and its leadership have always been legitimate, Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev told journalists Monday, emerging from a meeting with Patriarch Maxim. Stanishev specified he had requested the meeting to discuss yet again the situation involving a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He said he regarded the judgment with great concern because it was important and all ways and instruments should be found to defend the authority and unity of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
Reconstruction work has begun at the Hungarian Orthodox Cathedral on Petőfi tér. The church's southern spire, which was destroyed in the last days of the Second World War, will be rebuilt in the project.
"Attempts were made in the ‘70s to rebuild the spire," said István Magyar, protoierej (priest) of the Budapest Hungarian Orthodox congregation. At that time there were insufficient funds for the whole spire, allowing only an additional level to be added. A second effort failed in 2000. Then in 2003 Bishop Hilarion became Bishop of Vienna and Austria, and administrator of the Hungarian Orthodox diocese, which had been established shortly before. He immediately pressed for the spire to be reconstructed. According to Magyar, sufficient money has recently become available thanks to foreign benefactors.
When Serge Schmemann arrived in Moscow in 1980 as the bureau chief for The New York Times, the Russian Orthodox Church was in dismal shape. Since then, he says, the path of the church has followed the fate of the country.
In April's issue of National Geographic magazine, Schmemann examines the return of the church in Russian society. Under communism, the church had barely been allowed to function.
In the media centre of Tanjug on March 19, 2009 a presentation of so called WEB-DEP project was held for journalists, ministries and members of the Council of Europe, in which are take part all national media information agencies from the Balkans, then Athens Technology Center, International Teledemocracy Centre - of the Napier University from Edinburgh, as well as National Technical University of Athens from Greece. On this occasion at the roundtable spoke: Nebojsa Vasiljevic, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society, Zivko Subotic, executive in chief of Macedonian information agency and deacon M.sci. Oliver Subotic, a manager of the Centre for study and use of modern technologies of the Archbishopric Belgrade and Karlovac.
St. Vladimir's Seminary (SVS) will host a summer conference from June 18-20, 2009 for clergy and laity, which has as its theme "The Council and the Tomos: Twentieth-century Landmarks towards a Twenty-first-century Church." Conference speakers will focus on two watersheds that have shaped the Orthodox Church in America (OCA): the All-Russian Council (Sobor) of 1917-18 and the Tomos of Autocephaly granted in 1970 by the Russian Orthodox Church to its daughter church, the OCA, then known as the "North American Diocese." As well, conference participants will address the significance of the OCA's presence in North America, and future paths and possibilities open to it, including its interface with the multi-jurisdictional Orthodox Christian communities in the United States and Canada.