November 13, 2013 – a conference on “Orthodox and Catholics Protecting the Family Together” took place in Rome under the auspices of the Department for the External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Pontifical Council for the Family.
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, opened the conference, addressing the problem of the globalization and the crisis of the family. Then Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the DECR, spoke on “The family, Christianity, society: Orthodox perspective”.
Nine children were killed and 27 people wounded when mortar rounds hit a school and a school bus in the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, state television reported.
“The toll in the terrorist targeting of the St. John of Damascus school with mortar rounds has risen to five dead, all of them children, and 27 injured,” a news alert on Syrian state television said.
Together with all member churches of the fellowship, Christians and people of all faiths around the world, we pause and pray for those who have been affected by this disaster.
While the official death toll is not certain, Philippine officials say the toll could rise to 10,000 lives lost as a result of the storm. Already more than half a million people are homeless and thousands more have been injured.
Each 11 November throughout Australian continent the end of the First World War is celebrated in a solemn and touching way. It is the day when one pay respect to all who gave their lives not only in the World War I but in all other righteous wars since then, as well.
My name is Tanja Miliskovic, I was born on 08. 03. 1980 and I live with my father Slavko and mother Mirjana in Dobanovci, a small town in Serbia near Belgrade. Our family has lived on the edge of survival for years, constantly struggling in poverty and fighting illness. My father’s disability pension is 12000 dinars (around 105 Euros or $125) monthly and all three of us are forced to survive on it. My mother and I are unemployed and due to the economic situation in Serbia, it is very difficult to find a job here and I only get temporary low paid jobs from time to time, although I am a trained sales assistant.
Pope Francis has met with the foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church ahead of a Nov. 25 visit to the Vatican by President Vladimir Putin.
The Vatican released no details of Tuesday’s meeting with Metropolitan Hilarion, in Rome for a Catholic-Orthodox conference on family values.