Prot. No. 94
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By God's Grace Archbishop of Constantinople,
New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch
To the Plenitude of the Church,
Grace and Peace from our Savior Jesus Christ
And Prayers, Blessings and Forgiveness from Us
"Come, all peoples, let us today welcome
The gift of fasting
The period of repentance granted to us by God"
(Monday, First Week of Fasting)
Brethren and beloved children in the Lord,
The fast proposed to us by our Holy Church is not any deprivation, but a charisma. And the repentance to which it calls us is not any punishment, but a divine gift.
Protest of the SOC regarding the action of creating electronic database of cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija14. February 2009 - 1:01
Letter of the Holy Synod of Bishops regarding the action of creating electronic database regarding cultural treasures of Kosovo and Metohija
Regarding the action of creating electronic data of cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija by “the ministry of culture of Kosovo”, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church has sent a protest letter to the chief of the UNMIK Lamberto Zannieri :
We turn to you in this most difficult hour for all peoples of Australia, a time when every soul "mourns and suffers" due to the great and horrific tragedies which have befallen our Continent. Fires and floods, these dread natural disasters, have consumed over two hundred innocent lives. Many have been hurt and countless lamentable and suffering individuals are left without a roof over their heads. Persons, who have endeavoured their entire lives to establish the basic needs for their children and to secure a peaceful end to their own lives, now have lost absolutely everything.
The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church,regarding the suggestion of the new Statute of AP of Vojvodina, addressed to Prof. Dr Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic, the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, which letter we convey here in whole, expressing serious concern for the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia.
For the same reason, the letter was also sent to the President of the Republic of Serbia and the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
of Moscow and All Russia
We rejoice as the Local Council of the Holy Russian Orthodox Church indeed inspired by the Holy Spirit has chosen in Your person a worthy successor to Patriarch Alexy II of blessed repose and placed You on the throne of the glorious Moscow Patriarchate, that from the same You may radiate to those near and far.
On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, our Holy Synod of Bishops and the entire episcopate, clergy, monastics and the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church, We congratulate You on Your election as Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, exclaiming: Axios!
Your beloved Holiness’ brother in Christ,
His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia
Archbishop and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral
A m f i l o h i j e
Your Holiness, let me cordially congratulate You
enthronement to the office of patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. I am
convinced that you will successfully lead , by clever deeds ,through
understanding and love the orthodox Russian people, developing good relations
with the sister Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian people, which had in You,
in the most difficult moments, always the faithful friend and spiritual patron.