Archbishop Hilarion of Sydney elected ROCOR head

Archbishop Hilarion (Kapral) of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand has been elected the new hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Nikolay Balashov told Interfax-Religion. The election took place during a session of ROCOR's Archbishop Council in New York.

Archbishop Hilarion became acting Chairman of ROCOR's Synod after the death of ROCOR's top hierarch Metropolitan Laurus of East America and New York and was seen as his likeliest successor.

Alexandria Patriarchate Library

Библотека у АлександријиThe preservation of the extremely important Alexandria Patriarchate Library is a fact. With money by the National Bank of Greece, the renowned collections of the library were preserved by the experts of the National Bank's Cultural Foundation and are henceforth highlighted at the Alexandria Patriarchate Mansion, where the library's inauguration was held on Friday with pomp.

The collection totals 40,000 books and 7,000 old manuscripts and rear editions dating from 1460 to 1800.

Formal Peaceful Visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate

His Beatitude the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Hieronymus II will be on a Formal Peaceful Visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, from May 9 to May 12, 2008. The Formal Doxology for the reception of His Beatitude will be held on Friday9/5/2008 at 11.30 a.m. at the Patriarchal Church of St. George.

NEW BOOK: The Temple of Nativity of the Saint John the Baptist, Radovan Pilipovic, Belgrade 2008.

The temple dedicated to the Nativity of the Saint John the Baptist is located on the Central Cemetery (Zaplanjska 47a Street). The peculiarity of the temple can be found in its origin. It had the significant role in the recent spiritual past of Belgrade. The adaptation of the common, mundane building due to the requirements of the Church, which was built in the cemetery area, caused the construction of the temple. Firstly, in 1948 one of the premises was turned into the chapel, what was followed by the construction of the administrative affairs office. The permission which allowed the public worship in the remaining part of the facility concluded the whole issue on the temple. The church bell tower was built in 1969. It left the strong architectural imprint and provided the actual exterior appearance of the church.

Belgrade-Born Charles Simic is US Poet Laureate

In the U.S, poetry's most visible ambassador is the Poet Laureate of the United States, an honorary position bestowed upon our most distinguished bards by the Librarian of Congress, usually for a year. VOA's Adam Phillips spoke with the newest Poet Laureate of the United States: 70 year old, Belgrade-born, Charles Simic, and prepared this profile.