With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia and by the decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Othodox Church, an Order of St Sava of the First Class was handed to Dmitry Medvedev, the President of the Russian Federation at the special audience which was held today on October 20, 2009 at the premises of the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade.
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral participated yesterday at the opening of the monument to the great Russian poet Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin in the Saints Cyril and Methodius Park in Belgrade.
"Father Justin Popovich, pan-orthodox witness to the God-revealed and Christ-given Eternal Truth, whose testimony can be even seen within this collection of his articles - that "the mystery of Truth is not in material things, not in ideas, not in symbols, but in Personhood, namely the Theanthropic Person of the Lord Christ, Who said: I am the Truth (John 14:6), Truth perfect, never diminished, always one and the same in its complete fullness - yesterday, today, and forever (Heb.13:8).
The Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting, which took place in Kolympari, Crete, 7-13 October 2009, has come to an end. Participants noted an emerging coherence between the three current studies on Nature and Mission of the Church, Sources of Authority and Moral Discernment in the Churches. A tendency to give more space to an "ecclesiology from below" based on the concrete experience of "being church in a particular context", rather than describing the church theoretically "from above", was encouraged.
On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral received today, in a cordial visit, His Eminence Archbishop Eirineos (Athanasiadis) of Crete , the first hierarch of the Cretan Church.