Challenges of Orthodoxy in America and the Role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Reverend Protopresbyter Nicholas Triantafyllou, President,
Reverend Protopresbyter Thomas Fitzgerald, Dean of the School of Theology,
Reverend and Esteemed Members of the Faculty and staff,
Dear Students,

It is an exceptional honor and a great joy for me to be here today, among you, with the blessing and permission of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch and the consent of His Eminence the Archbishop of America, in order to share with you some thoughts regarding the present condition of Orthodoxy in America and our Ecumenical Patriarchate's position towards it.

Patriarch Kirill’s sends letters to Patriarch Maxim and Bulgarian president concerning the European Court

In February 2009, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia received a letter from His Holiness Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria and the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, notifying him of the decision made by the European Court of Human Rights on 22 January 2009 on the complaint lodged by the Bulgarian schismatic organization led by Innokentiy, ‘Metropolitan of Sofia'. The letter stated in particular that by this decision the European Court of Human Rights accused the Republic of Bulgaria of having violated Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms because it believed the state had interfered in the canonical matters through law and actions to settle a dispute between ‘two leaderships' of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Serbia, remember!

 Ten years since the NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Serbian people was marked last night by the national academy " Serbia, remember" at the Belgrade Sava Centre. At the academy spoke a legate of Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, His Eminence Bishop Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Dr Vojislav Kostunica, academician Matija Beckovic, the head of the Radiology Centre of the Clinical centre of Serbia Dr Radomir Kovacevic and Branimir Nesic .

In St Marko`s church held a memorial service for the suffered in the NATO bombing (1999)

In Belgrade His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral served a memorial service for the suffered in the NATO bombing of Serbia and Montenegro (1999), with the concelebration of Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik and Tuzla, Bishop Hrizostom of Zica, Retired Atanasije of Zahumlje and Hercegovina, Bishop Pahomije of Vranje, Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, vicar of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, and priesthood and deacons, at the church of St Marko, at 5 P.M.

Patriarch Kirill donates one million rubles for construction of Orthodox school in Kaliningrad

Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill made a decision to transfer one million rubles (about $30,000) due to him in his capacity of the first honorary citizen of the Kaliningrad region for the construction of an Orthodox school in the city. "Money will be transferred for the second phase construction of the school centrally located behind Christ the Savior Cathedral in Kaliningrad," Patriarch Kirill said at the dinner with journalists during his visit to his former diocese.

Roundtable “Challenges of e-democracy development”

In the media centre of Tanjug on March 19, 2009 a presentation of so called WEB-DEP project was held for journalists, ministries and members of the Council of Europe, in which are take part all national media information agencies from the Balkans, then Athens Technology Center, International Teledemocracy Centre - of the Napier University from Edinburgh, as well as National Technical University of Athens from Greece. On this occasion at the roundtable spoke: Nebojsa Vasiljevic, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society, Zivko Subotic, executive in chief of Macedonian information agency and deacon M.sci. Oliver Subotic, a manager of the Centre for study and use of modern technologies of the Archbishopric Belgrade and Karlovac.