Metropolitan Amfilohije serves memorial service to endowers and benefactors of the St. Sava Cathedral Church on Vrachar

On Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 13 hours, at the St. Sava Memorial Cathedral on Vrachar, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral served a memorial service to endowers and benefactors of this magnificent monunment of our deep gratitude to St. Sava, spiritual Father, enlightener and teacher of our people. The memorial service was attended by His Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch with all Graces Bishops who participate in the work of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The memorial service was attended by cousins and friends of the donators, great benefactors and endowers who had reposed in Lord Jesus Christ the Savior.

Extraordinary communique of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church

The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, at its regular session at the Patriarchate in Belgrade, expresses its deep concern and protest against the latest threat to freedom and basic human rights of the Serbian people and other non-Albanian population in Kosovo and Metohija, expressed through illegal and uncivilized termination of the mobile and fixed  telephony in the central parts of Kosovo and other parts of the southern Serbian province. The Albanian police, namely, destroyed the telephone relays in the Serbian villages and areas inhabited by Serbs and their neighbors non-Albanians. We are also deeply worried about the endangering lifes and hindering the free movement and work of Serb the returnees in villages, such as Zac near Kline and other places in Metohija where displaced Serbs return to their centuries-old homes and they gather again around their sanctuaries.

The Holy Assembly appeals to the authorities of the Republic of Serbia the international community present in Kosovo and Metohija, governments of the civilized Europe and America, as well as the United Nations of the world,  to stop this and any other violence against the already suffering and innocent people in the living area of the Balkans and Europe, the cradle of civilization and the source of the spiritual and material culture of humanity.

Extraordinary communique of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church

On its afternoon session of April 29 of this year, the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church unanimously adopted recommendations of the competent diocesan bishops and entered into dyptichs of the saints of the Orthodox Church names of the blessed repose of archimandrite Justin Popovic, geront of the monastery Celije near Valjevo (1894-1979), from now  Venerable Justin of Celije, and Simeon Popovic , prior of the monastery Dajbabe near Podgorica (1854-1941), from now Venerable Simeon of Dajbabe.

Liturgical memory of Venerable Justin will be celebrated on June 1, according to the Julian calendar (June 14, according to the Gregorian calendar), a memory of Venerable Simeon will be celebrated on March 19 according to the Julian calendar (April 1, after the Gregorian calendar).

Code on Holy Sites presented in Istanbul

On 28 April 2010, Code on Holy Sites was presented at the session of the European Council of Religious Leaders. The document, compiled on the initiative of representatives of religious communities and expert circles from different countries, was adopted at the Conference in Trondheim in 2009. It was prepared with the aim of regulating the situation with holy sites of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

The document seeks to define the notion of holy sites: "Holy sites are places of religious significance for particular religious communities. They include, but are not limited to, places of worship, cemeteries and shrines, incorporating their immediate surroundings when these form an integral part of the site. For the purposes of this Code, holy sites are places of defined and limited area that are designated as such by each religious community according to its customs, recognizing also that a single site can be sacred to more than one community."

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visits St. Nicholas’s in Vienna

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, while on a working visit to Austria, visited after the Divine Liturgy on 25 April 2010, St. Nicholas's Cathedral in Vienna. He was welcomed at the gates by Archpriest Vladimir Tyschuk, rector of the cathedral, and numerous parishioners.

The high guest surveyed the restored church and kissed the venerated icons. He gave the cathedral, which belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church's diocese of Vienna and Austria, an icon of St. Nicholas.

Meeting of the European Council of Religious Leaders opens in Istanbul

The annual meeting of the European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL) opened in Istanbul on 26 April 2010. The Council is comprised of thirty representatives of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrism from European countries. The ECRL objective is to promote peaceful coexistence of the communities of different religions in Europe. This years the Council's meeting is being held under the headline "At the Crossroads: Justice, Equality and Sharing as Basis for Cultures of Peace."