His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officially opened today the Eighth Religion, Science and the Environment (RSE) Symposium, entitled "Restoring Balance: The Great Mississippi River," which takes place here for the next five days under his high patronage and includes a large and diverse group of theologians, scientists, policymakers, environmentalists, representatives of business and NGOs, and media.
Roman Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans welcomed the Ecumenical Patriarch and read a cordial, prayerful and personal message from Pope Benedict XVI in which he conveyed his support and solidarity in the effort of caring and protecting the environment and "the safeguarding of God's creation."
On Friday, October 16, His Grace Bishop Maxim, accompanied by Fr. Gregory Edwards, a priest of the Western American diocese currently studying theology in Thessaloniki, Greece, traveled from Belgrade to Tvrdos Monastery in Herzegovina. They first flew from Belgrade to Tivat, Montenegro, a picturesque town on the Adriatic coast.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the global leader of the 300 million-member Orthodox Christian Church, will visit Sts. Constantine and Helen Church in Annapolis next month as part of his sixth visit to the United States.
Styled "The Green Patriarch," the ecologically aware Bartholomew was to arrive in New Orleans on Tuesday to preside over the eighth Religion, Science and the Environment Symposium around the subject of "Restoring Balance: The Great Mississippi River." He is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the enthronement of Archbishop Demetrios of America as the primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America next week in New York.
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.