The Palestinian National Authority has filed a request with UNESCO to put the church built on the site of Christ's birth in Bethlehem on its World Heritage List, making it the first such site on the Palestinian territory.
The list comprises 704 monuments with cultural properties, 180 with natural and 27 with mixed properties.
His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral served yesterday the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral church of the Ressurection of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Podgorica. After the Liturgy in the crypt of the church a monograph about Patriarch Gavrilo Dozic "We live in sanctity and freedom" by the author monk Pavle (Dozic)was presented.
Russia will take part in the restoration of Orthodox Christian shrines in Kosovo. In an arrangement with UNESCO, Russia will donate $ 2 mln for this in 2010 - 2011.
This money will be spent on restoring four Orthodox facilities which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list - the monastery of the Serbian Patriarchate in Peć, monasteries in Dečani and Gračanica and the church of the Mother of God in Prizren. Russia is also organizing the necessary administrative work and expert examinations. It will send there experienced architects, engineers and experts who will take part in the restoration works.
Tipometar launched in 2006 a project which goal was to enable all those who wanted to use the Cyrillic alphabet on computers to download free quality typefaces. The realization of this project also this year was supported by the Secretariat for Culture of the Belgrade City Assembly.
Since 2001 in Nis, the International Symposium on Nis and Byzantium has been held traditionally within the celebration of the feast day of the city - Czar Constantine. This symposium gathers scientific elite from the whole world from the areas of art history, archeology, history, theology and literature. The history of the early Christian period of Nis is supported by the new scientific arguments and in a great part it differs in comparison with the knowledge which had been available before the beginning of holding the scientific symposium since 2002, said today one of the founders of this symposium Dr. Misa Rakocija.