On December 2, 2009 at the premises of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade there was a working meeting of Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Dragan Djilas and Chairman of the religious education of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac, His Grace Bishop Atanasije (Rakita) of Hvosno accompanied by his personal secretary Mr. Zoran Jurisic. Besides Mayor on the meeting were Zoran Alimpic, Deputy President of the City of Belgrade, and Vladimir Todic, City Secretary for Education as well as presbyter Aleksandar Djakovac, coordinator for religious education with two two catechists.
His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received warm, fraternal greetings from Pope Benedict XVI on November 30th, the Feastday of the Ecumenical Throne, of St. Andrew the First-Called Disciple.
The Pope's message was delivered to the Ecumenical Patriarch by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, during the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George. The Vatican delegation also included Bishop Brian Farrell, Fr. Vladimiro Caroli, Fr. Andrea Palmieri, and Archbishop Antonio Lucibello, the apostolic nuncio in Ankara.
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije, locum tenens of St. Sava's throne, served on Saturday November 28, 2009 the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the side chapel of St. John at the Orthodox Theological Faculty of the Belgrade University. Metropolitan served with the concelebration of Bishop Longin and Vicar Bishop Atanasije with the priests and deacons of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac.
President Dmitry Medvedev wins the prize of the Patriarch Alexy II International Foundation of the Unity of Orthodox Nations30. November 2009 - 10:25
The prize commission of the Unity of Orthodox Nations International Foundation meeting on 24 November 2009 with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, chairman of the Foundation's Patrons Board, considered candidates for the Foundation's prize in the nomination ‘For outstanding work to strengthen the unity of Orthodox nations and to promote Christian values in the life of society'. It was agreed to award the 2009 prize to President Dmitry Medvedev.
A round-table conference on Cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and UN agencies has begun on November 26 in Moscow. It is attended by representatives of various UN agencies working in the Russian Federation, as well as those of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations and church organizations carrying out social work in various areas.