In the monastery of Decani and in Prizren a conference of a group of Byzantinologists on preserving art and cultural heritage on Kosovo and Metohija took place on May 30 and 31, 2013. Besides issues concerning the protection of cultural and spiritual heritage, improvement of the dialogue among members of various religions and confessions, as well as the dialogue and contacts between Eastern and Western Christians arts was also discussed.
Father David and Matushka Rozanne Rucker have been mission specialists for many years with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), which has missionaries around the world under the umbrella of the Assembly of Bishops. Guatemala has seen an explosive growth of Orthodox Christianity among thousands of indigenous Mayans, so now the Ruckers will be going there to live, to train catechists and clergy and to help establish the first Orthodox seminary.
On May 24, 2013, the chairman of the Russian Federation Government, D. A. Medvedev, met with His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem and all Palestine, at the Church of Christ the Saviour. The head of the Russian Government welcomed His Beatitude who has come on a visit to the Russian Orthodox Church and participated in the celebrations on the occasion of the Days of Slavic Literature and Culture.
Royal Family and Citizens of Serbia escort King Peter II, Queen Alexandra, Queen Maria and Prince Andrej from Belgrade to Oplenac
His Grace Bishop Lukijan of Budim held the Divine Liturgy and the memorial service. After the service, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia made an address, and said that by this the great injustice has been justified, and that Their Majesties King Peter II, Queen Alexandra and Queen Maria and His Royal Highness Prince Andrej will finally be put to rest with their great ancestors, beside the Great Karadjordje, and among their Serbian people.
The remains of King Peter II, Queen Alexandra, Queen Maria and Prince Andrej were escorted from the Royal chapel to the Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel, where His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral officiated the memorial service
After the service, remains of Their Majesties and His Royal Highness were escorted from the Royal Chapel of Saint Andrew the First-Called to The Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel this morning.