A demonstration in support of minorities was organized on Saturday, January 9, outside the compound of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. The event was organized by a coalition of liberal and peacemaker organizations named '70 Million Steps Against Coups'. Demonstrators shouted slogans and held banners reading: 'No one should be able to touch the Patriarchate and Patriarch Bartholomew'; 'Long live the brotherhood of peoples'; 'Freedom'; 'Dissolve Ergenekon'; in Greek: 'All peoples are brothers and sisters'; and in Turkish: 'Bring coup instigators and ones planning "Klovos" to Justice.'
The Bishops' Conference took place in the Hall of Church Councils at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on 2 February 2010. Taking part in it were hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church who have arrived in Moscow to celebrate the anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. His Holiness presented a report that was following by a discussion of issues took up by the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. Resolutions on various aspects of church life were adopted.
Russia has defeated Canada and Saudi Arabia in a tender for a plot of land in downtown Paris and will build a spiritual and cultural center on the banks of the Seine River near the Eiffel Tower. France's Budget Ministry said in a statement on Monday that Russia had offered the highest price for the land, but did not elaborate on the figure. The plot of land on the Branly Quay is currently occupied by the French national meteorological service, Meteo France, which is expected to be relocated in 2011.
Today, on the day when the Serbian Orthodox Church prayerfully celebrates St. Gregory the Theologian and St. Publius, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia has served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of St. Basil of Ostrog on Bezanijska kosa in Belgrade. Patriarch served with the concelebration of priests and deacons from the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovac and the Diocese of Nis.
On Friday,February 5 2010, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia received an official visit from the Apostolic Nuncio in Belgrade Monsignor Orlando Antonini.
During the cordial and friendly talks on bilateral relations and the place of the Church in contemporary society also participated the members of the Holy Synod, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka.