Kosovo Charity Banquet

Serbian Orthodox Church in USA and Canada - Western American Diocese

His Grace Bishop MAXIM Cordially invites you to

A Kosovo Charity Banquet

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

at the
Saint Sava Church
1640 South San Gabriel Blvd.
San Gabriel, California

Jordan has discovered a cave the Saint Georgeous Church which is described as the oldest Christian church

Jordan has discovered a cave underneath the Saint Georgeous Church in Rihab, Mafraq, in northern Jordan, which is described as the oldest Christian church, local daily Jordan Times reported on Monday.

Alexy II celebrates the 18th anniversary of his patriarchal ministry

Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia celebrates the 18th anniversary of his enthronement (official start of patriarchal ministry). In the morning, Alexy II will celebrate traditional Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church from various dioceses of Russia and the CIS-countries are to participate in the liturgy and festival events.

Ana Ivanovic from Serbia wins her first Grand Slam!

The new queen of tennis will not forget this day, June 7th, 2008, as she reached a major milestone in her young career. Ana conquered her first Grand Slam crown at the French Open, as she beat Russian Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-3 on a cloudy afternoon in Paris.

Cardinal Walter Kasper after his 10-day visit to Russia at the end of May

The Vatican's top ecumenist gave an upbeat report on his recent meetings with leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church, saying historic tensions have been replaced by an eagerness to cooperate.

"We're at the beginning of a new situation and a new reality, in which the confrontation of the past seems to have vanished," Cardinal Walter Kasper said after his 10-day visit to Russia at the end of May.

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation examined how the two church bodies understand ecclesial authority and the sacramental nature of the Church at their 74th meeting at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, from June 2-4, 2008. Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati and Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh chaired the meeting.

At the first theological session, Father Paul McPartlan of The Catholic University of America offered an analysis of the October 2007 document of the international Orthodox-Catholic theological dialogue, "Ecclesiological and Canonical Consequences of the Sacramental Nature of the Church: Ecclesial Communion, Conciliarity and Authority." Also known as "The Ravenna Document," this text examines the canonical structures that serve the understanding of koinonia (community) in the Church at the local, regional and world-wide levels. Father McPartlan is himself a member of the international dialogue. A Catholic reaction to the document was then presented by Father John Galvin and an Orthodox reaction by Robert Haddad, Ph.D.

Envoy says Orthodox-Catholic unity unlikely

A complete holy communion between Orthodox believers and Catholics is very unlikely, Russian Orthodox Church Representative to European International Organizations, Archbishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria, said in an interview with the newspaper Soyuznoye Veche of the Russia-Belarus Union Parliamentary Assembly.

"I think we should not expect the complete unity of Orthodox and Catholic rites. The division occurred almost 1,000 years ago and it can hardly be repaired," he said.