Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev meets with Rev. Andrew Hamburg, president of the Synod of German Evangelical Luther Church

The Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine, met on 30 June 2010 with the president of the Synod of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine, Rev. Andrew Hamburg. They discussed bilateral relations, the website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reports. The Rev. Andrew Hamburg is also deputy chairman of the group ‘Reconciliation in Europe - the Churches' Task in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Germany'. The aim of this group is to seek ways of cooperation between Christian Churches in solving social problems in Eastern and Central Europe. At present, the group is preparing an international conference on migration in today's Europe.

Press Conference - Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, World Council of Churches General Secretary in Moscow

World Council of Churches General Secretary Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, who is in Moscow on an official visit, and Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's department for external church relations, answered questions from the Russian and foreign mass media on June 30, 2010, at the DECR.

Metropolitan Hilarion introduced the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, noting that it was his first visit to the Russian Orthodox Church after his election as WCC general secretary.

Serbian Orthodox Church is a support to Serbian diaspora

Patriarch IRINEJ made a reception for delegates of the Assembly of the Diaspora and the Serbs in the region and gave them a blessing. In the St. Sava Cathedral,  Patriarch served a pontifical liturgy, attended by the representatives of the diaspora to whom he said not to forget their roots.

In the parish house of the St. Sava Memorial Cathedral in Vracar, Serbian Patriarch IRINEJ talked with representatives of the diaspora and said to them not to forget their origin and roots, and to revive, strengthen and maintain the relationship with the mother country.

Patriarch IRINEJ served memorial service to Metropolitan Josif Cvijovic

His Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch served this morning the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the monastery of Vavedenje in Belgrade. His Holiness was concelebrated by protopresbyter Jovo Ratkovic - spiritual elder of the monastery who is retired, protopresbyter-staurophor Miodrag Popovic, protodeacon Stevan Rapajic and deacon Dragan Tanasijevic. After the Holy Liturgy His Holiness served a memorial service to Metropolitan Josif Cvijovic on the occasion of the annual of his death.

Metropolitan Amfilohije and Vicar Bishop Teodosije strongly condemn terroristic attack in Northern Mitrovica

Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan strongly condemned the terroristic attack in Northern Mitrovica in which doctor Mesud Dzekovic was murdered and 11 persons injured.

Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow receives Secretary General of the World Council of Churches

In Moscow, on June 28,2010, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Dr Olav Fyske Tveit, the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches (WCC). His Holiness explained to Dr Tveit why Orthodox are alienated from the ecumenical organisation. Patriarch Kirill said that the WCC is in the midst of a protracted crisis, according to the MP official website. He believes that it is caused by the contradiction between a declared desire for Christian unity and the exacerbation of differences among Christians on some questions, particularly in the area of morality. The Patriarch said that attempts to alter the rules of Christian morality within some Protestant communities contribute to the alienation of the Orthodox from the WCC. Orthodox must attend to such currents; otherwise, it would be a departure from the truth and become the grounds for contention amongst the Local Orthodox Churches.

150 years of the Serbian Orthodox Church Community in Vienna

His Grace Bishop Dr Irinej of Backa, as an envoy of His Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch and the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, is in a visit to the Church Community in Vienna on the occasion of hundred and fifty years since its foundation.