Pope accepts invitation to visit Holy Land says President Peres

Official statement by President Shimon Peres in response to Pope Benedict XVI's acceptance of the President's invitation to visit the Holy Land -
May 11-15
(Communicated by the President's Spokesperson)

President Shimon Peres reacted to Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he has accepted President Peres's invitation to come visit the Holy Land:

Sunday of Orthodoxy in Cetinje

The  Holy Hierarchal liturgy at the Monastery of Cetinje, has been served by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral with the concelebration of the priesthood, along with a formal holiday procession which has passed through city streets and the Spiritual academy at the House of Government at the end. In this way, today, the Sunday of Orthodoxy has been formally celebrated.

Sunday of Orthodoxy in Belgrade

Today at the Archbishopric the Sunday of Orthodoxy has been celebrated.With the blessing and on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia and HisEminence Metropolitan Amfilohije, at the church of the Great Martyr Saint Demetrios the Myrrh-Gusher in Novi Beograd, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served by the vicar of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, with the concelebration of protopresbyter-staurophor Rajko Nedic, protopresbyter Vojislav Kostic, archdeacon Marko (Momcilovic), an officer at the Office of the Holy Synod, deacon Dr Ilija Tomic, professor of the Faculty of the Orthodox Theology of the BU and deacon Dragan Tanasijevic and hierodeacon Hristofor (Nedjic).

Symposium at Loyola Marymount University

Symposium at Loyola Marymount University will be held on March 19, at 7 pm.

The Symposium will review the conclusions of the Fourth Ecumenical Council (451 AD) which not only organized the Christian Church but also defined the nature of Jesus.

Physics in the Hexameron of Saint Basil The Great

A book of Bojan Tomic Physics in the Hexameron of St Basil the Great  has been published in the edition of St Sava, upon the ordinal number 18, by the Diocesan administrative board of the Diocese of Zica,  with the blessing of Bishop Hrizostom o fZica.

The book represents a review of a physicist - a scientist on theological and philosophical themes of the creation of the world. We must emphasize that this work was being created for many years and finally was shaped under the mentorship of Professor Dr Ilija Maric from the Faculty of Sciences, mother faculty and the author itself.

Representatives of the SOC participate in a public debate regarding draft versions of the law suggested by Ministry of health

 Today, on March 6, 2009 , by the decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the vicar of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, participate along with deacon Dr Petar Dabic, in a public debate about draft versions of the Law on organ transplantation, a draft proposal of the Law on tissue and cell transplantation, a draft version of the Law on biomedical fertility treatment and a draft version of the Law on transfusion; which was held at the formal hall of the Institute for Public Health of Serbia - Dr Milan Jovanovic - Batut. After the speech of Tomica Milosavljevic, minister of health, Bishop Atanasije , on behalfof the Holy Synod of Bishops, pointed out that the Serbian Orthodox Church supports the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia in its efforts toupgrade and regulate legally this field of health, also emphasizing that the Church is open for responsible confrontation with all challenges and temptations of the present and that it is ready to help with its pastoral experience and wisdom. Deacon Dr Petar Dabic has greatly contributed to the theme owing to his knowledge of this field.

Russian Church: Christians have limited rights in some states

The Russian Orthodox Church expressed anxiety at alleged discrimination against Christians and members of other religious communities in various countries. At a roundtable at the headquarters in Vienna of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Representation to European Institutions, pointed out alleged problems experienced by Christians in Turkey, the Northern part of Cyprus and Kosovo.