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Emperor Constantine’s Edict of Milan: 1700 years later
On Friday, May 17, 2013, the Ecumenical Patriarchate honored the 1700th anniversary of Emperor Constantine the Great's "Edict of Milan" by hosting an international and interfaith one-day seminar in collaboration with the Council of European Episcopal Churches at the Conrad Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. The seminar -- which was held only days before the Orthodox Feast of Saints Constantine and [his mother] Helen as well as in the city founded by and named after Constantine the Emperor -- was generously sponsored by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America. The joint moderators were Metropolitan Emmanuel of France (Ecumenical Patriarchate) and Péter Cardinal Erdö (CCEE).
President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic opens the exhibition of the National Museum “Constantine the Great and the Edict of Milan”. 128 artifacts are presented, among which there is the famous portrait of Constantine, a bronze bust discovered in 1900.
Tomislav Nikolic, President of Serbia, opened an exhibition of the National Museum “Constantine the Great and Edict of Milan 313. - The birth of Christianity in the Roman Provinces on the territory of Serbia” at the archeological site Viminacium.
The exhibition of the National Museum presents an outstanding collection of authentic items from ten museums in Serbia which testify about the rule of Constantine, the Edict of Milan, beginnings of Christianity on the territory of Serbia.
In the context of lectures on the Edict of Milan organized at the Nebojsa Tower in Belgrade Their Graces Bishops Maxim of Western America, Atanasije of Hvosno and Andrej of Remesiana presented their lectures dedicated to the significant jubilee of Christianity.
Bishop Maxim of Western America: The Concept of Holiness and the Sanctity of Serbian rulers
His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America held an introductory lecture on the topic of holiness of Emperor Constantine and the sanctity of Serbian rulers at the Nebojsa Tower in the Lower Town of the Belgrade Fortress, on 16 May 2013.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate in conjunction with the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe organizes a scientific conference devoted to religious freedom in Europe. His All-Holiness Bartholomew of Constantinople has sent invitations for this two-day conference, which will take place on May 17 and 18 in Istanbul.
His Grace Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa will participate in the work of this seminar.
The cause of the conference represents a publication of the Edict of Milan 1700 years ago, when Emperor Constantine and southeast Roman co-ruler Licinius proclaimed religious freedom to Christianity and other religions.