"Called to One Hope in Christ", the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches, meets in the context of a Europe which is becoming increasingly diverse religiously, ethnically and linguistically. There are many positive consequences of this but there are also real concerns that human relationships are under strain and human freedoms are being restricted. These include growing misunderstandings between religious communities, religious discrimination and violation of religious freedom.
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral received on July 24, 2009, at the Patriarchate Court His Excellency Armando Varricchio, a newly appointed ambassador of the Republic of Italy in Belgrade.
His Eminence Metropolita Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, by an invitation of His Excellency the Ambassador of Switzerland Erwin Helmut Hoffer, visited the residence of the Swiss embassy on Dedinje on the ocassion of the Independance Day of the Republic of Switzerland. His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand was present during the formal coctail.
The last day of the session of the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) in Lyon, members of the Central Committee, the most important part of the CEC, were elected by secret voting. Thanks to the effort of our delegation , the SOC got two places in this Committee, where in nest 6 years, will directly decide in bringing decisions of this European organization. His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje and Hercegovina and Julija Vidovic, Th.D. in Paris, were elected as the members of the Committee of the CEC.
Furthermore, the SOC delegation managed to explicitly add in the official public document of the Assembly of the CEC an issue of violating human rights of believers of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija, especially in the field of religious freedoms.
The famous Serbian basketball player Dejan Bodiroga said tonight that a basketball camp in Trebinje, which is organized this year for the fourth time, managed to become traditional. " The goal has been reached, for the Camp succeeded completely by any means. More and more participants from many countries come every year", Bodiroga said at the celebration in Trebinje on the occasion of 4th basketball camp "Dejan Bodiroga".
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, a spiritual leader who represents Eastern Orthodox Christianity, has called for the creation of a churches' umbrella body in Europe to include Roman Catholics alongside Anglicans, Orthodox and Protestants.
"It is only by engaging in dialogue and by closely cooperating that the churches will prove capable of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to the world in a convincing and effective way," the Orthodox leader said in a 19 July address in Lyon, France to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Conference of European Churches.