Olivier Clément, who has died aged 87, was a French-born Russian Orthodox theologian whose stature was recognised not only by members of other Churches but also by Jews and Muslims. Offering personal proof that it was possible to become Orthodox without going East, he foresaw a Christian future which did not require the Western Church to become Eastern, or vice versa. He worked tirelessly for a mutual respect, which would make possible a recovery of the fullness of truth which would make the Churches one.
On occasion of a welcome of the New Year 2009, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served a fervent prayer at the St Sava Cathedral on Vrachar with concelebration of many priests of the Archbishopric Belgrade-Karlovac. The fervent prayer was attended by several thousand faithful crowded at the St Sava Square.
Highlighting the splendours of the Byzantine Empire, Byzantium 330-1453 comprises around 300 objects including icons, detached wall paintings, micro-mosaics, ivories, enamels plus gold and silver metalwork. Some of the works have never been displayed in public before. Highlighting the splendours of the Byzantine Empire, Byzantium 330-1453 comprises around 300 objects including icons, detached wall paintings, micro-mosaics, ivories, enamels plus gold and silver metalwork. Some of the works have never been displayed in public before.
Patriarch Pavle of Serbia received lots of greetings from the higher and secondary education institutions of the Serbian Orthodox Church, directions of the monasteries and many faithful, not only from our country but also from abroad.
Since Patriarch has no possibility to thank everyone , he does it in this way, with best wishes for welfare of all the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church, sending them his paternal salutation and patriarchal blessing.
The Serbian Orthodox community of Australia and New Zealand has a future, and a very bright one at that. The events of the first National Church-Youth Seminar of 2008 held at our beautiful Monastery of St. Sava in Hall (A.C.T) have proven this. From the 26-28 December, over 40 of the finest young Serbian minds of Australia and New Zealand descended on our nation's capital of Canberra. They came to fulfill their long-awaited dream of forming a Church-Youth organization which would gather young Serbs around our Holy Church and represent not only our youth, but our entire community to the world around us. The result was an explosion of intellectual activity and great ideas rarely seen in our community, and a true spirit of Orthodox Christian fellowship being formed among the delegates of the many cities and parishes - most of whom didn't want the weekend to end. The participants slowly trickled into to the Monastery over Thursday night and Friday, giving everybody an opportunity to get to know each other even before the beginning of the Seminar.