The Nice Superior Court in France has declared Russia to be the rightful owner of St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral. "Russia is the rightful owner of the territory, the cathedral, as well as all its properties," the chair of the Nice Municipal High Court said.
The Patriarchate of Moscow claimed the cathedral should be returned to the Russian state, the successor to the tsarist regime. However, the Russian Orthodox Association of Nice (ACOR) opposed the claim, arguing the cathedral belongs to the Orthodox Church of Constantinople.
The emails started flying almost as soon as word got out. Haiti had been devastated by its worst earthquake in 200 years and the ladies of Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in a quiet suburb south of Baltimore went to work.
"We decided that children or anyone who was going to the Holy Cross movie night on Saturday could make hygiene kits for IOCC," said Debora Mattingly, president of the church's ladies group. Mattingly then sent out an email on Wednesday -- just one day after the quake hit -- asking those who were stopping by at that evening's Vespers service to also bring supplies.
Patriarch Kirill congratulates Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada on the first anniversary of his enthronement31. December 2009 - 10:46
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in his message to His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada congratulated him on the anniversary of his enthronement. Below is the text of the message:
Dear Brother and Concelebrant beloved in the Lord: