14th General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) started its work in Budapest on 3 July 2013. On this Assembly are present 470 participants of which 220 are delegates with the right to vote and who represent 120 registered Churches and religious communities: Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants and Old-Catholic. Roman Catholic Church is not an official member of CEC, but actively participate in the work of CEC through the Council of the Bishop’s Conference of Europe.
In the monastery of Decani and in Prizren a conference of a group of Byzantinologists on preserving art and cultural heritage on Kosovo and Metohija took place on May 30 and 31, 2013. Besides issues concerning the protection of cultural and spiritual heritage, improvement of the dialogue among members of various religions and confessions, as well as the dialogue and contacts between Eastern and Western Christians arts was also discussed.
Nis: International Scientific Symposion on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan concluded5. June 2013 - 8:26
Under auspices of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, the International Scientific Symposion was held on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan (31 May – 2 June 2013)
The organizers of this symposion are the Center for religious studies Nis, the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies of the University of Cambridge, the Center for Religious and Slav Studies „Ivan Dujchev“ from Sofia, the Institute for National and Religious Issues (Thessaloniki), the History Department of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade and the Faculty of Philosophy in Nis.
On May 16–18, the international academic conference "Athos and Slavic World" devoted to 1000 years of Russian presence on the Mount Athos took place in Belgrad, reports Sedmitza.ru.
Specialists from Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Greece, Italy, Norway and Lithuania took part in the forum. The conference was organized by the international fund for the restoration and preservation of St. Panteleimon Monastery's cultural and spiritual heritage.
The largest academic conference ever held in Skokie, Illinois, focusing on the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides concluded on Saturday, May 11, after two days of presentations by more than a dozen scholars from Armenia, Australia, England and across North America.
The event, titled The Ottoman Turkish Genocides of Anatolian Christians: A Common Case Study, was organized by the ANCA of Illinois, the Assyrian Center for Genocide Studies and the Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center, and was held at the prestigious Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center in Skokie on May 10 and 11.
On 3 April 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Post-Graduate and Doctoral Studies, professor of the Moscow Theological Academy and of the University of Fribourg, opened a conference on “Episcopal Ordination and Episcopal Ministry according to Catholic and Orthodox Doctrine and Canon Law” at the University of Fribourg. Taking part in the conference, which will last four days, are bishops and theologians from the Roman Cath0olic Church and the Orthodox Churches, faculty and students of the universities of Switzerland.