Communique Concerning the Dread Bush Fires in Victoria

Beloved Spiritual Children in Christ,

We turn to you in this most difficult hour for all peoples of Australia, a time when every soul "mourns and suffers" due to the great and horrific tragedies which have befallen our Continent. Fires and floods, these dread natural disasters, have consumed over two hundred innocent lives. Many have been hurt and countless lamentable and suffering individuals are left without a roof over their heads. Persons, who have endeavoured their entire lives to establish the basic needs for their children and to secure a peaceful end to their own lives, now have lost absolutely everything.

Refurbishment of Moracnik Monastery

With the blessings of The Archbishop of Cetinje, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, the faithful of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Perth, inspired by the Branislav Grbovic family and led by the Very Rev. Dr. Milorad Soaktar, have initiated a fund-raising campaign to refurbish Moracnik Monastery in Montenegro.

The Monastery of Morachnik is situated on Skadar Lake's Island of the same name within the Zeta Mount Athos-Zetska Sveta Gora. The complex is located on the protruding cape on the southeastern side, laid almost on the very waterfront.

Archbishop of Canterbury visits Greek Orthodox Leader in Alexandria

The Archbishop of Canterbury has received a warm welcome from His Beatitude Theodoros II, the Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and Africa, during a visit to his residence in Alexandria. The Archbishop was invited to visit the Greek Orthodox Leader while in Alexandria for the Primates Meeting.

Patriarch Kirill to give a new impulse to inter-Orthodox relations – Bishop Hilarion

Dialogues between local Orthodox Churches may receive new development under Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Representation to European Institutions. "I believe new Patriarch will give a new start to inter-Orthodox relations and participation of the Russian Church in them," Bishop Hilarion has told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.

The Moscow Patriarchate urges authorities to actively fight against ‘dictatorship of vulgarity’ on TV

The Moscow Patriarchate regrets that State Duma MPs decided against proposal of their North-Ossetian counterparts to limit TV and radio programs of erotic character. "We understand the initiative to restrict spreading of TV and radio programs of erotic character. There's nothing to do but regret that proposal of North-Ossetian MPs, who are concerned with the problem of youth defilement, didn't find understanding," head of the Moscow Patriarchate press service Fr. Vladimir Vigilyansky has told Interfax-Religion on Friday.