Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew delivered a major address to the Plenary Assembly of the European Parliament

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew delivered a major address to the Plenary Assembly of the European Parliament during the formal sitting of the assembly in Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday, September 24, 2008. His All Holiness was introduced by Mr. Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament. The Press Release of the European Parliament highlighting His All Holiness' address is given in full below, as well as a link to the address in its entirety.

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"We are all brothers and sisters", Ecumenical Patriarch tells MEPs
24-09-2007 14:21

Addressing a formal sitting of the House as part of European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, Bartholomew I, spoke of the value of the European project in promoting peace and tolerance, the importance of accepting minorities and the need for the EU to accept Turkey as a member. He also underlined his church's efforts to encourage respect for the environment.

The Sacred Relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov sent from Moscow to New York

Archbishop Demetrios of America received, on September 22, 2008, at the Archdiocese headquarters, the Holy and Sacred Relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov, one of the best known Russian Orthodox Saints of the 19 th century and a popular saint in Greece.

Bishop Mercurius of Zaraisk, the head of the Representation of the Patriarchate of Moscow in the United States presented to Archbishop Demetrios the relics, sent directly from Moscow and by the express wish of Patriarch Alexy of Moscow and All Russia.

Beginning of the new Academic year at the Patriarchal Academy "St Athanasios the Great"

On 22nd September 2008, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, together with His Grace Bishop Gabriel of Mareotis, Patriarchal Vicar of Alexandria and His Grace Bishop Spyridon of Kanopos, Hegoumen of the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of St Savvas the Sanctified in Alexandria, the Sanctification Blessing (Agiasmos) for the beginning of the new Academic year at the Patriarchal Academy "St Athanasios the Great" and addressed paternal advice and blessings to its African students.

Source: www.greekorthodox-alexandria.org

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Serbian “students-in-residence” strengthen ties with St. Vladimir’s

St. Vladimir's AcademySeventeen seminary students from Belgrade, Serbia spent one week on the seminary campus as "performers in residence," cultivating important religious, cultural, and academic ties with the seminarians and faculty at St Vladimir's, from September 12-19, 2008.

Highlights of their visit included a public concert performance in the John G. Rangos Family Building, featuring multi-part Russian Orthodox liturgical hymns and traditional Byzantine chant following the typikon of Mount Athos; and their choral participation in the Vigil of the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross, celebrated by His Grace Maxim (Vasiljevic), Bishop of the Western Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.

Minister awards for exellence in student achievement 2008

НаградеThe Annual Minister's Awards for excellence in student achievement, organized by the NSW Community Languages Schools Board were held at University of New South Wales in Kensington, on Friday night the 5th September 2008. The NSW Community Languages Schools Board and the Department of Education, each year for the past 5 years, awarded students in recognition for their language achievement at their community languages school. There are currently 49 languages being taught across 487 NSW languages schools and there are over 30,000 students studying each year.