Constantinople Patriarch is taken to hospital

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople was taken to hospital upon the recommendation of doctors on Wednesday morning.

According to the Constantinople Patriarchy, "he feels quite well and is going to return to his office in a few days," reports.

For almost a week, Bartholomew I has been suffering a bad cold. The meeting of the Constantinople Patriarchate Synod is adjourned for the reason of Patriarch's illness.

Celebration of Patron Saint of St Sava Cathedral on Vrachar

On Sunday, May 10, 2009,  a brotherhood of St Sava Cathedral on Vrachar celebrated Patron Saint of the temple. On this day, when our Holy Church remembers burning of relics of St Sava of Serbia in 1594 on a Belgrade hill of Vrachar, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral presided over the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy. In the side chapel of St Ermylus and Stratonicus of the St Sava Cathedral the Holy service of God was held with the concelebration of bishops: Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, Atanasije of Hvosno, archimandrite Danilo (Ljubotina), protopresbyters-staurophors: Vladimir Vukashinovic, Drago Ubiparipovic, Dragan Protic, Bozo Bakajlic, Vladan Perishic, Radivoje Panic, protopresbyters: Luka Novakovic, Panayotis Karatasios, Aleksandar Sredojevic, which has been promoted to the rank of protopresbyter-staurophor by Metropolitan, Budimir Zekanovic, presbyter Nebojsha Topolic, hierodeacon Petar (Krachun), protodeacon Stevan Rapajic, deacon Savo Topalovic, hierodeacon Jovan (Panic) and deacon Aleksandar Sekulic.

Pope pays tribute to Eastern churches in Holy Land

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday paid tribute to the contribution of the Eastern churches to the Christian faith as he celebrated vespers in the Melkite Greek Catholic cathedral in the Jordanian capital.

Communique of the Holy Synod of the SOC regarding the worker’s strike at TM “Raska” in Novi Pazar and at the Leather factory “Pa

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church these days with a great attention has been observing a hunger strike of workers at the Textile mill  Raska in Novi Pazar, as well as at the Leather factory "Partizan'' in Kragujevac

In this way the Holy Synod of Bishops calls all relevant state and municipal agencies to do anything to resolve the problem of workers, and with Christian love and concern ask workers to stop the hunger strike and not to put in danger their lives.

From the Office of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the SOC

First Divine Liturgy in one of the oldest Serbian Orthodox Churches

On the Slava of St. Vasilije of the St. Basil of Ostrog parish in Angels Camp, May 2nd, Bishop Maxim had the joy of serving his first Divine Liturgy in one of the oldest Serbian Orthodox Churches which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next May. His Grace, Bishop Maxim was warmly received and truly enjoyed the fellowship and liturgical services with Iguman Gerasim of Platina ,Fr. Miladin Garic, Fr. William Weir and Protodeacon Triva Pavlov.

Ecumenical gathering in Washington DC in June

The thirteenth annual Orientale Lumen Conference will be held in Washington D.C, June 15-18, 2009. This ecumenical conference will focus on the Christian East and is open to the public, for both lay persons and clergy. The speakers and attendees come from four main religious groups: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Oriental Orthodox churches. Orientale Lumen XIII will be held at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC and will focus on the theme of "Monastic Spirituality for Everyday Life".

Chelsea challenge to orthodox development

A thriving Orthodox Christian congregation in South London has expressed strong interest in taking over the long empty Guards Chapel at Chelsea Barracks. The chapel, which developers are seeking to demolish to make way for a large complex of luxury flats and affordable homes, has been recommended for listing by English Heritage. After fierce local opposition, the proposals, drawn up by the practice of Lord Rogers, have been slightly reduced in scale by the developers Candy and Candy who are working for the Emir of Qatar, who acquired the site for £959 million. They plan to replace the demolished 1960s barracks with sleek rows of identical apartment blocks enlivened by the glazed external lifts and stairs which are the signature of many Rogers buildings.