The last day of the session of the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) in Lyon, members of the Central Committee, the most important part of the CEC, were elected by secret voting. Thanks to the effort of our delegation , the SOC got two places in this Committee, where in nest 6 years, will directly decide in bringing decisions of this European organization. His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje and Hercegovina and Julija Vidovic, Th.D. in Paris, were elected as the members of the Committee of the CEC.
Furthermore, the SOC delegation managed to explicitly add in the official public document of the Assembly of the CEC an issue of violating human rights of believers of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija, especially in the field of religious freedoms.
The famous Serbian basketball player Dejan Bodiroga said tonight that a basketball camp in Trebinje, which is organized this year for the fourth time, managed to become traditional. " The goal has been reached, for the Camp succeeded completely by any means. More and more participants from many countries come every year", Bodiroga said at the celebration in Trebinje on the occasion of 4th basketball camp "Dejan Bodiroga".
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, a spiritual leader who represents Eastern Orthodox Christianity, has called for the creation of a churches' umbrella body in Europe to include Roman Catholics alongside Anglicans, Orthodox and Protestants.
"It is only by engaging in dialogue and by closely cooperating that the churches will prove capable of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to the world in a convincing and effective way," the Orthodox leader said in a 19 July address in Lyon, France to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Conference of European Churches.
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral served today at the Cathedral Church in Belgrade a memorial service for General Draza Mihajlovic, the commander of Yugoslav army in the Fatherland, suffered on this day in 1946.
On behalf od His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral has received today at the Patriarchate court in Belgrade His Excellency Ambassador of Switzerland Erwin Helmut with his wife.
Of the 300 delegates, 41 are young people. 170 delegates are male, and 130 are female. 109 are lay people and 191 are ordained. There are 25 delegates who are black or from a minority ethnic group, or who are representing a migrant church.