First Orthodox church on Arabian Peninsula built in the UAE

Russia thanked authorities of the United Arab Emirates for cooperation in building the first Russian Orthodox church on the Arabian Peninsula, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

Russia wants an investigation on violations of the rights of Serbs in Kosovo

Russia insists on the investigation of all the cases of violation of human rights of Serbs in Kosovo, it was said yesterday in Moscow, by Konstantin Dolgov, the envoy of the Russian Foreign Ministry for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, noting that the provocative actions of Prishtina "destabilize the situation in the province."

Jeremic: Monuments of the SOC cannot belong to so-called "Republic of Kosovo"

Jeremic: Monuments of the SOC cannot belong to so-called "Republic of Kosovo"

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Vuk Jeremic said today at the General Conference of Unesco in Paris that monasteries and churches of the Serbian Orthodox Church cannot belong to so-called "Republic of Kosovo".

"In this organization it is expected from us to protect and care the cultural identities we have, not to be accomplices in a political attempts to create new ones", Jeremic pointed out.

Orthodox students’ house opened at University of Fribourg, Switzerland

On October 28, 2011, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, led a solemn ceremony of opening a house for Orthodox students at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

The event was attended by Archbishop Diego Causero, apostolic nuncio to Switzerland, Rev. Gwido Vergauwen, rector of the university, Prof. Mariono Delgado, dean of the faculty of theology, Ms. Barbara Hallensleben, professor of dogmatic theology, as well as professors and students of the university.

Montenegro without ministry of faith

Montenegro without ministry of faith

The Government of Montenegro does not plan to create ministry of faith, vicepresident of the Government Dusko Markovic said in the Montenegrin parliament. In his answer to a question of the member of assembly from New Serbian Democracy party Budimir Aleksic said that  "a special sector" would be formed in the existing ministry for human and minority rights, which would deal with religious communities.