Central committee of World Council of Churches begins to work in Genève – New Secretary General is Elected

The official representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church upon the invitation of the World Council of Churches participate at the session of the central body of this organization, which is being held from August 26 until September 2, 2009 at the seat of the World Council of Churches in Genève. The representatives which had been chosen, upon the suggestion of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the SOC, at the Assembly of the WCC in Porto Alegre, Brazil 2006, are His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, the member of the committee for Public Issues, and protopresbyter-staurophor professor Dr Vladan Perishic, the vice dean of the Faculty of the Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade, the member of the committee for nominations.

Visit to Patriarch Pavle of Serbia

The Orthodox Church celebrates today the Saint Prophet Micah. At the chapel of St Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher of the Patriarchate court His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral served the Holy Hierarhcal Liturgy with the concelebration of four priests and five deacons.

After the Holy Liturgy His Eminence Metropolitan together with His Grace Georgije of Canada, serving priesthood and deacons, visited and administered the Sacrament to His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia at the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade. On this occasion His Grace Georgije of Canada conveyed the greetings of Canadian Serbs to His Holiness, and His Holiness thanked for greetings and blessed Serbs abroad.

Athens fires driven back, nuns rescued

The efforts of thousands of Greek firefighters and soldiers combined with firefighting planes dispatched by Italy and France made progress against the worst wildfires around Athens in two years, creating optimism in Greece that the Athens suburbs are safe.

Morning winds on Monday had stoked the blazes that have been raging in Attica - the region that includes Athens' 4 million residents - for days, until Greek firefighting planes were joined by foreign forces, repeatedly dive-bombing the fronts with fire retardants.

Communique of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral

The Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral neither is the founder of non-government organization "Matica Srba Crne Gore" nor Metropolitan had blessed "the decision to hold the founding Assembly" as it was presented in media. Founding cultural and national organizations, as it is well known, neither belongs to a jurisdiction of the Metropolitanate nor Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral.

Celebration of Transfiguration of the Lord in Trebinje

The Cathedral Church of the Holy Transfiguration of the Lord and the Trebinje Municipality celebrated formally its patron saint fast - the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. In the evening of the feast, His Grace Bishop Nikolai (the American Orthodox Church) served an evening service with a five-bread vessel with the concelebration of Father Tihon, the hegumen of the monastery of Studenica and the priesthood.