Lenin’s body shouldn’t remain on Red Square, the Moscow Patriarchate believes

The Moscow Patriarchate believes that Lenin's body should be taken out of the mausoleum on Red Square.

"If Communists want to venerate Lenin's body, as he is their idol, their shrine, then they have the Lenin Museum in Ulyanovsk, they can place his body there," head of the Moscow Patriarchate press service Priest Vladimir Vigilyansky told Interfax-Religion on the 85th anniversary of the leader's death.

Russian theologian urges to actively solve the problem of discriminating Christians in the world

Lecturer of the Moscow Theological Academy Yury Maximov complains that interreligious dialogue doesn't pay much attention to the problem of Christians discrimination in various countries.

"We lack honest discussion of painful questions concerning the position of Christians in non-Christian countries, where they are apparently discriminated," he said in his interview to Interfax-Religion.

Christians in Turkey

Turkey is overwhelmingly Muslim but hosts several ancient Christian communities -- dwindling remnants of sizeable populations that prospered for centuries in the Muslim-led but multi-ethnic, multi-faith Ottoman Empire.

They include Syriac Christians, Greek Orthodox, Armenians and Catholics. Modern Turkey was founded as a secular republic by Kemal Mustafa Ataturk on the empire's ashes in 1923.

Meeting between Metropolitan Jovan and representatives of the Ministry of Science and the City of Zagreb

On January 12, 2009, Metropolitan Jovan held a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport (Republic Croatia) and representatives of the city of Zagreb. On behalf of the Ministry, the meeting was attended by Secretary of State Prof. Zelimir Janjic; Secretary of State Prof. Dr Sci. Diana Vican and Josip Ujevic, advisor of the minister; and on behalf of the city of Zagreb: Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandic, Dusko Ljustina, a member of the City Hall foreducation, culture and sport; Jelena Pavichic Vukichevic, Head of the City bureau of education, culture and sport; Deputy Head of the City bureau for finance Vera Salopek; Sanja Pavlovic, a chief of the department for administrative and legal affairs.

New police violence against the Church

Heavy police forces prevented this morning priesthood of the Hierarchal Chaplaincy ofCetinje from serving the Holy Liturgy on occasion of a holiday of St John, aPatron Saint day of the church in Bajice near Cetinje. Priests have tried toenter the church but the police cordon prevented them by force.

After that few followers of the sect of defrocked priestDedeic. The priesthood of Cetinje currently is in front of the police cordon,which is still preventing any entry into the church, and is serving the ferventprayer to Saint John the Baptist and the Mother of God.

More information about these events in Cetinje can be found HERE / video, photo - Svetigora Press/

Source: Metropolitanat of Montenegro and the Littoral