Italy begins procedures to hand Bari Orthodox church to Russia

ROME, April 17 (RIA Novosti) - Italy has launched procedures to return the St. Nicolas Orthodox church, in the southern city of Bari, back to Russia, a source in the Russian embassy in the country said Friday.

On Thursday the city council of Bari unanimously voted to hand the 100-year-old church to the Italian government so that it can subsequently become Russian property.

The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Pascha, 2008


P A V L E

By the grace of God
Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church – to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Paschal greeting:

CHRIST IS RISEN!

Orthodox Church's bishop in Alaska died

A man who presided as the Orthodox Church's bishop in Alaska from 1973 to 1995 has died. Archbishop Gregory Afonsky was 82.

Gregory helped establish St. Herman Pastoral School, which first opened its doors in Kenai and later moved to Kodiak. The school was later named a seminary by national church leaders.

Gregory was named archbishop in 1995.

A memorial was held Wednesday in Sitka.

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Anniversary of the Allied Bomb Attacks Against Belgrade

Дечанска

Today marks the 64th anniversary of the beginning of the allied bombings of Belgrade in April 1944.

Officially, during the bombings which took place on the Orthodox Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, 1100 Belgrade residents and 18 Germans were killed, while 1400 residents of the capital were wounded. However, the number of the victims is much higher, since the official figures only include those who were buried in mass graves.

On the first day of the attack, more than one and a half thousand tons of bombs were dropped over Belgrade, with more than 400 bomber planes involved.

The Obstetric Hospital in Krunska St., a children's day school, Slavija Sq., Nemanjina and Decanska St., the Bajloni Market, Pasino Brdo, Zeleni Venac, the Main Railway Station, the National Theater, Senjak, Milesevska St,, Knez Mihajlova St,, Queen Natalija St, Milosa Velikog St, and Sarajevska St. got hit.

It is estimated that, from April 16 up until September 1944, more than 4500 residents of the capital died in the allied bomb attacks against Belgrade.

Belgrade has come under bomb attacks seven times during the period from Easter 1941 to the end of WWII.

Source: RTS

Events in commemoration of Russian royal family to be held in Russia in July

Moscow, April 16, Interfax - The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church instructed Archbishop Vikenty of Yekaterinburg to draft a program of events in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the deaths of last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family.

Religious services in commemoration of the royal martyrs will be held in all Russian churches on July 16-17, the Holy Synod also decided at a session in Moscow on Tuesday. The members of the religious and public program Yekaterinburg Initiative urged the Russian leadership last month to rename all communities on the Russian map related to the people who had to do with the killing of the royal family.

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Serbian Orthodox Bishop visits Wodonga and Geelong

WodongaOn Sunday, 13 April 2008, His Grace Bishop Irinej, Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Australia and New Zealand, for the first time since being enthroned in late 2006 in Sydney, visited his faithful in Wodonga. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Serbian Orthodox Church of Sts. Peter and Paul on High Street. Assisting the bishop were the Very Rev. Lazar Caran of St. Sava Monastery in Elaine, the Very Rev. Dragolyub Pantelich of Ballarat, and the Very Rev. Protodeacon Sasha Colich of Sydney.

WodongaThe church yard was crowded well before the beginning of services and a white runner strewn with fragrant herbs was set out before the bishop. Traditional gifts of bread and salt were offered to welcome the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia. Lovingly greeted by excited children donned in national folkloric costumes, they lined up to receive his blessing. Many received Holy Communion on that day from the hand of their archpastor.