Patriarch Irinej served on Memorial Saturday at Rakovica monastery

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on a feast day of Venerable Xenia of Rome - Memorial Saturday at the Rakovica monastery in Belgrade.

His Holiness served with the concelebration of hierarchal head  Branko Mitrovic, presbyter Aleksandar Milutinovic and protodeacon Stevan Rapajic.

Turkish citizens hold demonstration outside Phanar in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

A demonstration in support of minorities was organized on Saturday, January 9, outside the compound of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. The event was organized by a coalition of liberal and peacemaker organizations named '70 Million Steps Against Coups'. Demonstrators shouted slogans and held banners reading: 'No one should be able to touch the Patriarchate and Patriarch Bartholomew'; 'Long live the brotherhood of peoples'; 'Freedom'; 'Dissolve Ergenekon'; in Greek: 'All peoples are brothers and sisters'; and in Turkish: 'Bring coup instigators and ones planning "Klovos" to Justice.'

Bishops’ Conference approves of the work of Department for External Church Relations

The Bishops' Conference took place in the Hall of Church Councils at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on 2 February 2010. Taking part in it were hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church who have arrived in Moscow to celebrate the anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. His Holiness presented a report that was following by a discussion of issues took up by the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. Resolutions on various aspects of church life were adopted.

Russia acquires land near Eiffel Tower, plans Orthodox center

Russia has defeated Canada and Saudi Arabia in a tender for a plot of land in downtown Paris and will build a spiritual and cultural center on the banks of the Seine River near the Eiffel Tower. France's Budget Ministry said in a statement on Monday that Russia had offered the highest price for the land, but did not elaborate on the figure. The plot of land on the Branly Quay is currently occupied by the French national meteorological service, Meteo France, which is expected to be relocated in 2011.

Patriarch Irinej of Serbia serves the Holy Liturgy on Bezanijska kosa

Today, on the day when the Serbian Orthodox Church prayerfully celebrates St. Gregory the Theologian and St. Publius, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia has served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of St. Basil of Ostrog on Bezanijska kosa in Belgrade. Patriarch  served with the concelebration of priests and deacons from the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovac and the Diocese of Nis.