A thriving Orthodox Christian congregation in South London has expressed strong interest in taking over the long empty Guards Chapel at Chelsea Barracks. The chapel, which developers are seeking to demolish to make way for a large complex of luxury flats and affordable homes, has been recommended for listing by English Heritage. After fierce local opposition, the proposals, drawn up by the practice of Lord Rogers, have been slightly reduced in scale by the developers Candy and Candy who are working for the Emir of Qatar, who acquired the site for £959 million. They plan to replace the demolished 1960s barracks with sleek rows of identical apartment blocks enlivened by the glazed external lifts and stairs which are the signature of many Rogers buildings.
On Bright Saturday, 25 April 2009, for the first time many young Serbian men joined ranks in the traditional ANZAC Day March in Sydney. Approximately 50 new marchers came by bus to honour their forefathers and fathers, the Serbian Chetniks who fought in World War II as allies of Australia. The group consisted of varying community members: lawyers, builders, scientists and the like from a range of parishes: Lazarica in Alexandria, St George in Cabramatta, St. Stephen in Rooty Hill, etc.
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral has received today at the Patriarchate court representatives of the Megatrend University: Prof. Dr Mica Jovanovic, the dean of the University; Mijat Damjanovic and Vladan Kutleshic, along with Dragomir Acovic, a member of the Crown Council and a friend of the Megatrend University.
Metropolitan Amfilohije meets with a newly appointed ambassador of Serbia in Romania Zoran S. Popovic1. May 2009 - 11:19
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral has received today at the Patriarchate court the newly appointed ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Romania Mr. Zoran S. Popovic. During a nice an pleasant conversation, His Eminence Metropolitan has wished Mr. Popovic all the best from the Lord and a success in a noble mission he was going to undertake, and especially persistence in a work of the promotion of relations between Serbia and Romania. His Eminence asked Mr. Popovic to convey brotherly greetings of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia to His Holiness Patriarch Daniel of All Romania.
The Orthodox on the way to Lyon
‘Called to One Hope in Christ'
1. Upon the invitation of His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and under the moderatorship of His Eminence Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima (Ecumenical Patriarchate), 27 hierarchs, priests, deacons, university professors and lay persons (male and female), representing nearly all of the Orthodox Churches members of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), gathered in Ierapetra, Crete, Greece, from 27 to 30 April 2009, within the framework of preparations for the 13th General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches, which will be held in Lyon, France, from 15 to 21 July 2009, under the theme, "Called to One Hope in Christ". The Consultation was honored by the presence of His Eminence Archbishop Irineos of Crete at the official opening prayer at Saint George Cathedral in Ierapetra and the inaugural session, as well as by His Eminence Metropolitan Damaskinos of Kydonia and Apokoronas (Chania).
In the weeks leading up to Pascha, His Grace Bishop Irinej extended a heartfelt invitation to a number of individuals within the community to find their place and to offer their expertise and enthusiasm for a project which he said is, "perhaps the greatest challenge that our Serbian Orthodox Church in Sydney has undertaken, but one which is surely destined to become her greatest joy," referring to St.Sava College.