His All-Holiness Archbishop of Constantinple, New Rome Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and other Orthodox primates, participants of the celebration of the 17 centuries of the Edict of Milan and the ceremony of consecration of the Cathedral Church in Podgorica, came last night with the special plane of "Montenegro Airlines" to Montenegro.
With the same plane the holy relics, hand of Saint John the Baptist and particle of Precious Cross of the Lord, came, which will be today venerated all day during the consecration of Podgorica's Cathedral church. Metropolitan Amfilohije with the clergy of the Metropolitanate and ambassadors of Serbia, Turkey and Greece in Podgorica welcomed Ecumenical Patriarch and other Orthodox primates, representatives of other Christian churches and traditional religious communities.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Podgorica by special plane from Nis to the celebration of the 17 centuries of the Edict of Milan and the consecration of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica.
His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral; Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and other members of the Patriarch's delegation came to Podgorica along with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
The closing ceremony of the 17 centuries of the Edict of Milan was held in Nis in front of the church of Sts. Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen. HIs All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officiated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy.
In the Holy Liturgy in Serbian, Greek, Church-Slavonic and Arabic language, Patriarch Teophilos III of Jerusalem, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Serbian Patriarch Irinej concelebrated along with archbishops of the Local Orthodox Churches, bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the clergy.
More than 5000 people gathered last nigh in Nis where, with lighted candles in their hands, formed a giant glowing cross within the action "I am also part of the cross", which is organized as the part of the commemoration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan.
The people gathered in front of the church of Sts. Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen, on the corner of Nemanjic blvd. and Sremska street. The Serbian Orthodox Church and the Municipality of Mediana of the City of Nis organized this gathering.