15th All-American Council

"The documentation now posted on the web site includes reports from the Chancellor, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Director of Ministries and Communications," said OCA Secretary, Archpriest Eric G. Tosi. "Delegates will also find a financial report that contains complete 2007 and partial 2008 financial statements for the OCA and for its stavropegial institutions."

Other material included are reports from each OCA ministry department, St. Vladimir's and St. Tikhon's seminaries, stavropegial monasteries, St. Catherine's Representation Church in Moscow, and the report from the Pension Board.

Cuba's first Russian Orthodox cathedral opens

Cuba's first Russian Orthodox cathedral was consecrated Sunday amid church bells, liturgical chants and the presence of President Raul Castro, in a sign of goodwill toward the island's former chief benefactor.

Russian diplomats and members of Cuba's dwindling Russian community crowded into the whitewashed seaside cathedral, which is topped by a gleaming gold dome.

Patriarch Alexy II believes Ahtisaari doesn't deserve a Nobel Peace Prize

ПатријархPatriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia was critical about giving 2008 Nobel Peace Prize to former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who worked out the plan for "a peaceful separation of Kosovo. It was unjust to award Mr. Ahtisaari who contributed to separation of Kosovo from Serbia with an international peace prize," Alexy II said in his meeting with Serbian Ambassador Stanimir Vukicevic in the Moscow patriarchal residence.

Orthodox Christian leaders meet at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Primates of Orthodox Churches

Patriarchs, primates and representatives of all the Patriarchal and Autochephalous Orthodox Churches recommitted themselves to overcome intra-Orthodox conflicts as well as to continue theological dialogues with Christians from other confessions at a 10-12 October meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.

"Overcoming the internal conflicts of the Orthodox Church through the surrendering of nationalistic, ethnic and ideological extremes of the past" is a requisite for the "word of Orthodoxy [to] have a necessary impact on the contemporary world," reads a message issued at the end of the meeting.

Address of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Plenary Session of the European Parliament (full version)

Your Excellency Mr President of the European Parliament,
Your Excellencies, Honorable Members of the European Parliament,Distinguished Guests, Dear Friends,

Patriarch BartholomewFirst and foremost, we convey to you salutations from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, based for many many centuries in what is today Istanbul - greetings replete with esteem and respect. In particular, we express our gratitude to an old friend of ours, His Excellency Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament. We likewise express our sincerest appreciation for the extraordinary honor to address the Plenary of the European Parliament, especially on this occasion that commemorates the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.