With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije, the locum tenens of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, Vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan received today on July 6, 2010 in the monastery of Visoki Dechani Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council. After the tour of the Dechani church and an introduction to the history of the monastery Bishop Teodosije informed the EU high representative on the conditions in which were Serbian orthodox sanctuaries in Kosovo and Metohija and the problems that the faithful people had.
Vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan today on the day of Nativity of St. John the Baptist with the blessing of Locum Tenens Amfilohije of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija served the Holy Liturgy in the monastery of St. John the Baptist in Velika Hoca. Bishop Teodosije was concelebrated by protopresbyter-staurophor and the parish priest of Hoca Milenko Dragicevic, heugemon of the St. John monastery protosyngellos Miron, secretary of the Diocese of the RPKM presbyter Sava Smigic, presbyter Aleksandar Naspalic and hierodeacon Kirilo from the monastery of Visoki Decani. In the Holy Liturgy there was fifty believers from the villages who participated as well as monks from the monasteries of St. John and Visoki Decani.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), which operates as a body of the Council of Europe, in its latest Report, published on 15-th July 2010, voiced serious concern regarding the denial of registration of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance devotes a significant part of its Report precisely to the issue of the denial of registration of the minority religious groups in R. Macedonia.
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kyrill considers that priesthood should more active do missionary work via blogs and social networks. During the meeting with priesthood of the Diocese of Tver, he noticed with regret that " a level of discussions in the social networks sometimes seems depressed", and at the same time right there "it forms the mood of people, especially the young".
The delegation of the World Council of Churches met with the Department of External Church Relations staff on July 1, 2010. Participating in the meeting were DECR vice-chairman Hegumen Philip Riabykh, DECR acting secretary for inter-Christian relations Rev. Dimitry Sizonenko, DECR communication service director Rev. George Zavershinsky, DECR translation service director Rev. Arseny Chernikin; as well as Rev. Alexander Vasyutin of the DECR secretariat for inter-Christian relations, and other DECR staff members.
The WCC delegation included WCC deputy general secretary Georgios Lemopoulos (Patriarchate of Constantinople), Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand (Serbian Orthodox Church), WCC commission for interchurch cooperation executive secretary Archpriest Daniil Buda (Patriarchate of Romania), Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi (Anglican Church of Burundi), Metropolitan Bishoi (Coptic Church), Prof. Dr. Dagmar Heller, Ecumenical Institute Bossey, and others.