The Russian Orthodox Church believes that the European community should take urgent measures to combat Christian phobia in today's Europe. "We should become aware that Christian phobia was generated by Christian civilization, or whatever we call European civilization now. Christian phobia is nothing else but malignant cancer which threatens European civilization with fatal effects," Russian Church representative at the European Council Hegumen Filaret (Bulekov) said at the Dialogue of Civilizations World Public Forum in Prague.
April's UN conference on racism was "an outrageous instance of avoidance of dialogue by leading political forces," the Russian Orthodox Church envoy to the Council of Europe said. "The problem is that it happens right, left and center that international institutions that have the duty of organizing intercultural dialogues and achieving results are not capable of this," Hegumen Filaret (Bulekov) told the Dialogue of Civilizations forum in Prague.
Right Reverend Bishop of London,
Right Reverend Bishop of Birmingham,
Honourable Members of the Official Delegation of the Anglican Church,
CHRIST IS RISEN !
By this greeting of the Resurrection, please allow me to welcome you to the Apostolic Church of Greece and to wish that your stay may be crowned with success and substantial memories for the future.
The visit of a Delegation of the Anglican Church to the Church of Greece from May 8-12 has been completed successfully. The Delegation was composed of the Rt. Reverend Richard, Bishop of London, the Rt. Reverend David, Bishop of Birmingham, the Reverend Jonathan Goodall, Ecumenical Officer and Chaplain of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Father Malcolm Bradshaw, the Reverend Canon of the Anglican Church in Athens.
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople was taken to hospital upon the recommendation of doctors on Wednesday morning.
According to the Constantinople Patriarchy, "he feels quite well and is going to return to his office in a few days," Romfea.gr reports.
For almost a week, Bartholomew I has been suffering a bad cold. The meeting of the Constantinople Patriarchate Synod is adjourned for the reason of Patriarch's illness.
Patriarch Kirill urges Ukrainian politicians to refuse using the Church in their political interests13. May 2009 - 9:27
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed his concern with the attempts of some Ukrainian political figures to use the Church in that country to their political goals. "The situation in Ukraine is really complicated, the major reason being that the schism there is based on political considerations and the intention of some officials to use the Church and people's faith to their own interests not in any way related to the proper Christian goals," Patriarch said in an interview published by Izvestia daily.