Formal session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the SOC has began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy

His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral has served today the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Belgrade with the concelebration of brothers Bishops: Irinej of Nish, Lukijan of Osijek and Baranja, Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, Teodosije of Lipljan, twenty two protopresbyters and presbyters, five deacons, and in presence of great number of hierarchs gathered at the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The Russian Church urges EU leadership to understand spiritual reasons behind the recession

The Moscow Patriarchate reminded EU leadership of spiritual roots of the current downfall. "With any crisis, we need primarily to look for spiritual reasons. This is also true for the current economic recession," head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Bishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk said at a meeting of the President of the European Commission José Manuel Durão Barroso and the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering with representatives of European traditional religions held in Brussels.

EU leadership intends to face today's challenges together with the continent's religious leaders

The EU leadership stated its intention to establish a strong cooperation with the continent's religious leaders. "Together we will have to meet the challenges faced by our society. This is our common responsibility," the President of the European Commission José Manuel Durão Barroso said at a meeting with representatives of Europe's traditional religions held in Brussels, the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate reports Wednesday.

Constantinople Patriarch is taken to hospital

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople was taken to hospital upon the recommendation of doctors on Wednesday morning.

According to the Constantinople Patriarchy, "he feels quite well and is going to return to his office in a few days," Romfea.gr reports.

For almost a week, Bartholomew I has been suffering a bad cold. The meeting of the Constantinople Patriarchate Synod is adjourned for the reason of Patriarch's illness.

Celebration of Patron Saint of St Sava Cathedral on Vrachar

On Sunday, May 10, 2009,  a brotherhood of St Sava Cathedral on Vrachar celebrated Patron Saint of the temple. On this day, when our Holy Church remembers burning of relics of St Sava of Serbia in 1594 on a Belgrade hill of Vrachar, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral presided over the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy. In the side chapel of St Ermylus and Stratonicus of the St Sava Cathedral the Holy service of God was held with the concelebration of bishops: Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, Atanasije of Hvosno, archimandrite Danilo (Ljubotina), protopresbyters-staurophors: Vladimir Vukashinovic, Drago Ubiparipovic, Dragan Protic, Bozo Bakajlic, Vladan Perishic, Radivoje Panic, protopresbyters: Luka Novakovic, Panayotis Karatasios, Aleksandar Sredojevic, which has been promoted to the rank of protopresbyter-staurophor by Metropolitan, Budimir Zekanovic, presbyter Nebojsha Topolic, hierodeacon Petar (Krachun), protodeacon Stevan Rapajic, deacon Savo Topalovic, hierodeacon Jovan (Panic) and deacon Aleksandar Sekulic.

Pope pays tribute to Eastern churches in Holy Land

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday paid tribute to the contribution of the Eastern churches to the Christian faith as he celebrated vespers in the Melkite Greek Catholic cathedral in the Jordanian capital.