First Catholic-Orthodox Forum - Trento, Italy, 11-14 december 2008

The First Catholic-Orthodox Forum, organised by the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) with the support of the Archdiocese of Trent and its Archbishop Mgr Luigi Bressan, is set to begin in Trent (Italy) on the afternoon of Thursday 11 December.

Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and CCEE President said, "It is also to honour the memory of His Holiness Alexis II that together with the Russian Orthodox Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria that we have decided to go ahead with this Catholic-Orthodox Forum in Trent".

Spiritual growth in the parish of St George Great Martyr in Elizabeth, NJ

With the Archpastoral Blessing of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, on Sunday November 2nd, for the first time in its 47-year-long history, the parish of St George Great Martyr in Elizabeth, NJ greeted a number of holy relics for our spiritual growth as well as the healing of both the body and the soul:

Pan-Orthodox Gathering in Commemoration of the 2,000th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Paul

On Tuesday, November 28th, His Grace, Bishop Maxim and the St. Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of the Western American Diocese hosted this very special Pan-Orthodox Gathering in Commemoration of the 2,000th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Paul.

A Monumental Struggle to Preserve Hagia Sophia

He led me through the massive cathedral's cavernous nave and shadowy arcades, pointing out its fading splendors. Under the great dome, filtered amber light revealed vaulted arches, galleries and semi-domes, refracted from exquisite mosaics depicting the Virgin Mary and infant Jesus as well as long-vanished patriarchs, emperors and saints. Yet the overall impression was one of dingy neglect and piecemeal repair. I gazed up at patches of moisture and peeling paint; bricked-up windows; marble panels, their incised surfaces obscured under layers of grime; and walls covered in mustard-colored paint applied by restorers after golden mosaics had fallen away. The depressing effect was magnified by a tower of cast-iron scaffolding that cluttered the nave, testament to a lagging, intermittent campaign to stabilize the beleaguered monument.

The annual meeting of the Executive board of the Central Council for the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America

The annual meeting of the Executive board of the Central Council for the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America began today at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois.

Clergy Hospitalization Plan of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America

The Clergy Administrator for the Clergy Hospitalization Plan of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, Fr. Milovan Katanic, would like to inform all clergy that the Orthodox Health Plan is now accepting clergy during their open enrollment.

"The Orthodox Health Plan (OHP) is a PPO Plan which offers our clergy and lay employees the broadest and most flexible coverage and includes a prescription, drug, dental benefits. Our health insurance carrier is Aetna which is one of the single largest healthcare providers in the nation.