On Monday, November 26, 2012, His All-Holiness attended and addressed the opening ceremony of The King Abdullah International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in Austria.
Renowned academic circles at a symposium in Italy requested that the Macedonian authorities immediately release Archbishop Jovan30. November 2012 - 11:41
Recently, in the “St John of Calabria” Monastery, in Bivongi, Calabria, Italy, the international symposium “COLLOQUI DIONISIANI” was held for the third time, a symposium that is already very well known among the academic and theological circles, and is of a great significance for the orthodoxy.
It represents a high level of spiritual-theological-academic meetings in which internationally renowned speakers take part. This year’s conference was dedicated to the Ecumenical Councils and the topics will contribute to the organization of the next Pan-Orthodox meeting.
According to reports, François Hollande is under growing pressure to approve plans for a Russian Orthodox cathedral and cultural centre near the Eiffel Tower or risk straining diplomatic relations with Moscow. The plan to build the whitewashed cathedral, complete with five golden domes reaching up to 85.6 feet (26 metres) high, was meant to “promote Russian civilisation”, and comes “directly” from President Vladimir Putin. However, the design caused controversy in Paris, earning some strong criticism from President Hollande’s ally and mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, who described it as “an ostentation” of “pastiche architecture” and “mediocre”.
On the feast day of Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, on 14 November 2012, during the official visit to Slovenia, Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic visited in the evening the church of Sts. Cyrill and Methodius in Ljubljana and talked with local priests. He was interested for the needs of the Serbian Orthodox Church and promised the help in completing the important projects of the Church-school congregation of Ljubljana.