Of the 300 delegates, 41 are young people. 170 delegates are male, and 130 are female. 109 are lay people and 191 are ordained. There are 25 delegates who are black or from a minority ethnic group, or who are representing a migrant church.
An extraordinary session of the New Gracanica - Midwestern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America was held at the New Gracanica Monastery on Saturday, July 11, 2009. The agenda was completed successfully.
By invitation of His Excellency Ambassador of the Republic of France in Belgrade, Jean-François Terral, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral attended last night the ceremony at the French embassy on the occasion of the French national holiday - the Bastille Day.
Today on a holiday of Deposition of the Mantle of the Mother of God, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Patriarchate chapel in Belgrade.
After the Holy Liturgy, Metropolitan together with Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, visited and administered the sacrament to His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia at the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade.
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral received today Ambassador of the United Kingdom HE Stephen Woodsworth in a formal visit, followed by his deputy Bill Longhurst and Srdjan Gligorijevic as his councillor.
The Ambassador expressed in Serbian, he knew very well, his enjoyment for having an honor to be for the first time in his diplomatic career in the Patriarchate of the Serbian Orthodox Church. He came here with a wish to present himself and to convey the greetings from his highest officials.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia approves of the character of relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the state.
"I am satisfied with the Premier's visit (to Valaam - IF) as well as with cooperation between the Church and the state. On the one hand, the principle of state non-interference in church affairs works, constitutional frames are observed, but at the same time absolute majority of Russian people belong to the Orthodox Church," the Patriarch has told journalists in Valaam.