Sydney, 16 March 2008 - Thousands of Greek Australians gathered around their Primate, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia, and in the presence of numerous dignitaries, including the Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Morris Iemma, and other guests and spectators to celebrate the public manifestation of Greek Independence Day (25 March 1821) in front of Sydney's famed Opera House.
In his remarks, His Eminence noted that in celebrating the struggle for the Independence of Greece and the Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, "we always try to make clear the importance this double celebration derives from the mere fact that it refers to ideals venerated by all people, regardless of place and time." For as the Archbishop noted, "Liberty, peace and justice have always been the presuppositions for a dignified life on our troubled and restless planet."
Grand Cross of St. Sava to be Awarded to Russian Ambassador Alexander Alexeev on March 18, 2008 at 6 p.m. – Belgrade Patriarchy17. March 2008 - 16:43
With the blessing of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle and by decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Excellency Alexander Nikolaevich Alexeev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgrade, will be awarded the highest church decoration, the Grand Cross of Saint Sava First Degree, during a solemn audience to be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at six o'clock p.m. at the Court Hall of the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade.
The highest decoration of the Serbian Orthodox Church will be awarded to Ambassador Alexander Alexeev for his dignified representation of the Russian people in Serbia, for the affection he has shown for the Serbian orthodox people as well as for his persistent engagement aimed at a just solution for the status of Kosovo and Metohija.
All media representatives are invited to attend the event.
Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church
Fourth Anniversary of the March Pogrom Against the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija – March 17, 2004-200817. March 2008 - 11:04
The fourth anniversary of the destruction of tens of churches and monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija, the expuslsion of tens of thousands of Serbs and the killing of nineteen Serb civilians on behalf of the Albanian terrorists will be marked on Monday, March 17, 2008. That night, the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija lived through their own "Kristallnacht'' in the presence of thousands of international troops and the UN civil mission. Frescoes and churches which had been resisiting various conquerors for ages were destroyed in one day.
First hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Metropolitan Laurus of Eastern America and New York Diocese deceased on Sunday at the age of 80. Metropolitan Laurus passed away on the Feast of Orthodoxy. He was born Vassily Mikhailovich Skurla on January 1, 1928, in the village of Ladomirova, present day Slovakia. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1950, and became a hieromonk in 1954. Fr. Laurus graduated from the Holy Trinity Theological Seminary in 1954 and was appointed its inspector in 1960. He was elevated to archimandrite on April 17, 1966. Archimandrite Laurus was consecrated bishop of Manhattan on August 12, 1967, and appointed archbishop of Syracuse and Holy Trinity on October 20, 1981. The same year Laurus was elected First hierarch and Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York.
Metropolitan Laurus was actively involved in restoring canonical unity of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia and abroad broken after the civil war. Metropolitan Laurus will be buried at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York, where the ROCOR administrative center is situated and where previous ROCOR first hierarchs were buried.
Bulletin Issued by the VMA’s Medical Council on the Health Condition of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle14. March 2008 - 13:37
The Main Medical Council engaged in the treatment of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle headed by Chief of the Military Medical Academy Major General Prof. Dr. Miodrag Jevtic, PhD, met at 10 o'clock a.m. on March 12, 2008.
The Council gave a detailed analysis of the course of the disease, as well as the diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation measures that had been adopted. Following a four month long treatment of serious cardiac, pulmonary and neurological disfunctions with life-threatening complications, a very favourable therapeutic effect has been achieved along with an improved general health condition.
The current health condition of His Holiness has been stabilized. The pace of the functional recovery is appropriate for the patient's age. His Holiness is conscious and able to follow his interlocutors in a light conversation. The patient receives visitors and spends part of the day in a sitting position.
In order to maintain the achieved condition and avoid possible recurrent complications, it is mandatory to provide the patient with full general care and medical monitoring, which would be difficult to establish elsewhere.
In the Council's opinion, the medical monitoring and physical rehabilitaion program should be continued at the Military Medical Academy.
The VMA Administration
The Right Honourable Helen Clark
PO Box 18888
Honourable Prime Minister:
We write to you on behalf of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the patriotic Serbian community in New Zealand to offer our sincere appreciation to you and to the Government of New Zealand for your prudent decision not to extend diplomatic recognition to Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence and secession from the Republic of Serbia.
Kosovo including its integral territory of Metohija is Serbia's spiritual Jerusalem and the very cradle of the Serbian nation. Kosovo is and remains a province of the sovereign Republic of Serbia in accordance with The Charter of The United Nations, Security Council Resolution 1244, as well as all relevant international conventions on human rights, the rights of peoples and on the inviolability of internationally recognized borders. Therefore, the recognition of Kosovo as an independent entity would violate every established norm of International Law concerned with nation building.