Again burglary in Old Church in Mostar

In Mostar in the night between Friday and Saturday (March 13-14, 2009), a hospitality residence and a bookshop,which are located next to Church of Nativity of the Mother of God - the Old Churchin Bjelusine, a district of Mostar. This is the first robbery and burglary of the church property in Mostar after almost one year, when offenders, who had broken into and desecrated the church after 10 days of previous burglaries, were arrested and went to trial. The investigation on the spot was carried out by members of the Ministry of Interior of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton.

Source: Diocese of Zahumlje and Herzegovina - CC Mostar

Bishop Irinej of Backa guests on RTS programme „Yes Maybe No“ about the anti-discrimination Bill

On Thursday, March 12, 2009 , His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa guested on a programme „Yes Maybe No" on the first channel of the Radio Television of Serbia, along with representatives of the traditional Churches and religiuos communities. A theme of this programme was the anti-discrimination Bill.

The programme can be watched on the Internet, on the homepage of the RTS.

Statement on behalf of representatives of traditional Churches and religious communities

Welcoming showed partly understanding of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for a necessary perfection of the anti-discrimination Bill and having the understanding for political and constitutional aspects of a legislative procedure, the traditional Churches and religious communities focus their proposals on the major, and still present, defects of the new anti-discrimination Bill.

The traditional Churches and religious communities, though, believe that the Government was misled by the authors of the present Bill and some media regarding validity of the present Bill and also the intention and the content of the proposal of the traditional Churches and religious communities.

Metropolitan Amfilohije and Kiril served in the church of Holy Trinity in Belgrade

His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Eminence Metropolitan Kiril of Varna and Veliki Preslav from the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, who came in a short visit to the Serbian Orthodox Church, have served this morning on Saturday of the second week of the Great Lent, on the holiday of Saint Eudochia the Martyr the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Holy Trinity in Belgrade. The high priests served with the concelebration of 6 presbyters and 4 deacons. At the end of the holy liturgy Metropolitan Amfilohije addressed the gathered faithful and thanked earnestly to the guest for this visit he made to the Serbian Church and the capital. Then also Metropolitan Kiril spoke to the faithful thanking for the common service and hospitality, conveying to the gathered people the blessing of the Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria.

The Dawkins Delusion

Alister McGrath, a biochemist and Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, may be Richard Dawkins' most prominent critic. As the author of "Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life," he was interviewed extensively for Dawkins' recent documentary, "The Root of All Evil." Not a frame of these interviews made it into the final edit. Below is a slightly modified version of remarks delivered by McGrath in response to Dawkins' latest book, "The God Delusion."

Greek Orthodox leader to visit Bellingham this weekend

A regional leader in the Greek Orthodox Church will make a two-day visit to Bellingham this weekend, to help Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church celebrate paying off its mortgage. Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, who oversees the western region of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in the U.S., will perform vesper service at St. Sophia at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14. He will also perform the arch hieratical liturgy at 10 a.m. Sunday. A luncheon from 11 a.m. to noon will follow the Sunday service.