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.
to the faithful people in Kosovo and Metohija,
on the occasion of holding local elections scheduled
for November 15, 2009
We call the faithful people in Kosovo and Metohija, for disrespect of the basic human rights in this Province of the Republic of Serbia guaranteed by the The Charter of the United Nations and especially by the Resolution 1244, not to respond to the invitation of illegal institutions of the authorities of the self-declared Republic of Kosovo and not to participate in the local elections in Kosovo and Metohija planned for November 15, 2009.
Head of the Holy Synod of Bishops
Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral
The Basic Court in Veles sentenced in absence His Eminence Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan to imprisonment on two years and six months for a criminal offence "evasion” . Except that, the court ordered that Archbishop pays the compensation to the schismatic MOC in the amount of 14,804.211 denars which is 240,000 EUR. How the court ordered this sort of sum, when the schismatic MOC requested the compensation of 20,083.000 denars or 330,000 EUR, is known only to the court. Though, the expertise showed that Archbishop did not take any denar for himself, and all what was being purchased ,while he was responsible for Dioceses where he was bishop, has been left as the inventory of the schismatic MOC. Because of that, Archbishop was released two times by the court of the first instance, but the court of appeals brought back the procedure on a new trial.
There is no one in Macedonia who is not familiar that the trials against Archbishop motivated politically and with a political background. One thing is certain that the schismatic MOC will not get negotiations about its status until the state authorities are still hunting Archbishop.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia and His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, His Grace Bishop Atanasije received on October 6, 2009 at the Patriarchate court in Belgrade a high delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, led by His Excellence Dr Mehdi Mostafavi, councilor of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the head of the Organization of Islamic Culture and Relations.