This year's "Pavlia" has finished with a vesper service at the altar of St. Paul the Apostle in Veria. On the eve of the Day of Sts. Peter and Paul the Apostles, in the church with their names in Veria, the Vesper service was served by Metropolitan George of Accra, the representative of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.
Orthodox Christians will continue to call things moral and immoral, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, said at the Russian-Italian conference entitled "Economy Needs Ethical Regulators" held in Moscow.
"Everything that concerns people, everything that affects their life and daily bread, the wellbeing of their families, and the future of their society, is naturally an area of concern for believers, the Church," he said.
The priest said he and "the entire Christian tradition" disagree with the people who say that "it is not the responsibility of the Church and believers to speak about economics and that economics is an area restricted to economists and those who take an active part in economic processes on the level of the elite."
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill urged European religious leaders to make collective efforts to pursue the revival of Christianity within the continent.
"The Russian Orthodox Church proposes that European Christian communities unite to become partners of the states and European civil community in pursuing the revival of tangible connection between the human rights concept and the pan-European spiritual heritage," the Patriarch said at the Moscow meeting of the European Council of Religious Leaders.
According to him, only economic and political ties in Europe cannot be "a sustainable basis for the well-being of European community" and existing social values of human rights and rule of law and democracy may remain just "the forms which are unlikely to benefit in the conditions of moral relativism and sometimes may even cause harm."
The 4th International Conference on Orthodox Church Music concluded on Friday, 10 June 2011 here, at the School of Theology, University of Eastern Finland. The conference, hosted by the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM), featured participants from twenty different countries presenting papers on a variety of topics related to the conference's overall theme of "Unity and Variety in Orthodox Music: Theory and Practice."
From May 10-28, 2011, there was an expedition to the St. Panteleimon Monastery on Mt. Athos of a scholarly editorial council for the Complete Works of St. Theophan the Recluse, reports the website of the publishing department of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The main goal of the expedition is to study the manuscripts, letters, and other documents that comprise the creative heritage of the St. Theophan, which are located in the archives of the Russian St. Panteleimon Monastery, the St. Andrew and St. Elias Sketes, and a number of other Athonite monasteries. The manuscripts found will undergo more thorough study, with the aim of using them in the preparation of the first scholarly publication of the Complete Works of St. Theophan the Recluse.
His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on May 2, 2011 joined the excursion of the Orthodox youth in Turkey, accompanying young secondary pupils and students until the lake Sapanza in the area of ancient Nicomedia. After the stroll and joint lunch, young received besides gifts also Patriarchal blessing and a moral that faith in resurrected Lord should be a foundation of life of each Christian, as well as preserving God's creation should be concern of all people.