In the morning hours of January 3rd, 2008, the parish priest of Šibenik, rev. Milorad Djurdjević, discovered that the door of the Cathedral Church of the Assumption in Šibenik had been forced open. When he inspected the church and its premises, he noticed that two silver icon lamps were missing. He informed the competent Šibenik police authorities, who visited the scene. The investigation on this attack against the Orthodox Church is still under way.
A synchronized terrorist action on New Year's Day saw one house set on fire, while seven others, all belonging to local Serbs, were stoned. The attacks occurred in Bošnjačka Mahala, in northern Kosovska Mitrovica, according to a release issued today by the Media Dep't of the Ministry and the Kosovo and Metohija Coordinating Center.
In celebration of the Nativity of Christ, on January 07, 2008, a midnight Holy Liturgy will be officiated at the Temple of Saint Sava on Vracar.
With the blessing of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle, Rt. Rev. Vicar Bishop of Hvostno, Atanasije, will officiate the Holy Pontifical Liturgy on the Day of the Nativity of Christ at the Belgrade Cathedral Church (beogradska Saborna crkva), beginning at nine o'clock a.m.
Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew thanked the Turkish government yesterday for granting permission for religious services to be held at the Church of St. Nicholas in Demre this year. Reviewing the year 2007 at a New Year's reception after a religious service at the Fener Greek Patriarchate, Patriarch Bartholomew listed the Ministry of Culture's permission for religious services to be held at the Church of St. Nicholas among the important events of the year for Orthodox Christians.
Yesterday His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia, Ilia II, celebrated his 30th jubilee of enthronement as Patriarch of Georgia. The solemn celebration took place at the Patriarchate Court in Tbilisi. On this occasion, numerous worshippers coming from all parts of Georgia visited the Patriarch and congratulated him for the jubilee, which is important not only for him personally, but for the entire Church of Georgia, as well.