Saturday, February 14 marks the 1140 anniversary of the death of Saint Cyril in Rome in 869. The two brothers, Saints Cyril and Methodius were born in Thessaloniki in the 9th century. They became missionaries of Christianity among the Slavs and influenced the cultural development of all Slavic people.
The Syriac Universal Alliance (SUA), the acknowledged voice of the Syriac/Aramean people, reports that the three court proceedings held today on Wednesday, February 11 2009, in Midyat, Turkey, have once again been postponed.
The three trials held today involved the following:
The newly elected Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill met a delegation of the People's Republic of China led by Ye Xiaowen, head of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, who is well-known for his anti-Vatican attacks.
The meeting took place on 2 February but was reported only yesterday on the Orthodoxy in China website. Kirill thanked Ye for the visit which took place "on the day of my enthronement", he said. As a matter of fact, it occurred a day earlier.
With the blessings of The Archbishop of Cetinje, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, the faithful of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Perth, inspired by the Branislav Grbovic family and led by the Very Rev. Dr. Milorad Soaktar, have initiated a fund-raising campaign to refurbish Moracnik Monastery in Montenegro.
The Monastery of Morachnik is situated on Skadar Lake's Island of the same name within the Zeta Mount Athos-Zetska Sveta Gora. The complex is located on the protruding cape on the southeastern side, laid almost on the very waterfront.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has received a warm welcome from His Beatitude Theodoros II, the Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and Africa, during a visit to his residence in Alexandria. The Archbishop was invited to visit the Greek Orthodox Leader while in Alexandria for the Primates Meeting.
Dialogues between local Orthodox Churches may receive new development under Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Representation to European Institutions. "I believe new Patriarch will give a new start to inter-Orthodox relations and participation of the Russian Church in them," Bishop Hilarion has told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.