The Büyükada Greek Orphanage of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is set to become an international environmental foundation, according to a recent article of the Turkish newspaper todayszaman.com.
A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in June 2010 stated that the Turkish government should re-register the historic Orthodox orphanage on Büyükada to the İstanbul-based Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. Following the ECtHR ruling, the orphanage will probably be turned into a global environmental center, according to comments made by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I to the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch in Belgrade, from March 27 until April 8, 2012 the Easter fair will be held. At the press conference held on this occasion in the Serbian Patriarchate, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, vicar of Patriarch said that on the occasion of the greatest Christian holiday the Resurrection of the Lord the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac organizes a great cultural and spiritual manifestation for all the citizens of Belgrade.
The archaeological examination by robotic camera of an intact first century tomb in Jerusalem has revealed a set of limestone Jewish ossuaries or “bone boxes” that are engraved with a rare Greek inscription and a unique iconographic image that the scholars involved identify as distinctly Christian. The four-line Greek inscription on one ossuary refers to God “raising up” someone and a carved image found on an adjacent ossuary shows what appears to be a large fish with a human stick figure in its mouth, interpreted by the excavation team to be an image evoking the biblical story of Jonah.
An exhibition titled ‘The Golden Byzantium and the East’ will be presented from the 31st of March through the 4th of November at the Renaissance Palaces of Lower Austria. The exhibition will focus on the vital role that Byzantium played concerning the development of modern Europe and Constantinople, as it was the cradle of economy and culture.
The art and artifacts that are going to be exhibited for the first time in Central Europe cover the period from 330 until 1453, when Constantinople fell to the Turks.
Exhibition timed to the centenary of the demise of St. Nicholas of Japan opens at the National Library of Russia23. March 2012 - 10:18
On 20 March 2012, an exhibition entitled “I am the only Russian here…” (from history of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Japan)” opened at the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg.
The exhibition is timed to the centenary of the demise of St. Nicholas of Japan and presents documents and other materials on the life and work of St. Nicholas, as well as materials about Japan, notes and memoirs of Russian and foreign authors published at the turn of the 19th century about Japanese traditions and customs.
General Consul of Japan in St. Petersburg, Mr. Ichiro Kavabata, addressed the guests of library at the opening ceremony, press service of the National Library of Russia reports.