Friday, July 25, 2008

About the 1020th Anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus

Taras comments at his blog about Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople visit in Kyiv to celebrate the 1020th anniversary of the baptism of Kyivan Rus.

The visit came amid tensions stirred by the Russian Orthodox Church, which considers Ukraine its canonical territory, even though the baptism of Kyivan Rus predates the founding of Moscow.

Patriarch Bartholomew I, accompanied by President Yushchenko, who supports the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, laid wreaths at the monuments to Princess Olha and St. Volodymyr.

It is the first time a Constantinople Patriarch visits Kyiv since 1648, and while Constantinople does not yet recognize the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, President Yushchenko sees the visit as a positive signal.

Off line

From this afternoon until next week I will be off line, since we are moving tomorrow to our new apartment. Don't know how long it will take to reconnect me again, but for sure it will take some days, in contrary with Bea, who is waiting for almost 2 weeks now. She will be on line by the 28th of July, probably I some days later, but you never know in Turkey, it can be quicker than expected.

Obama Feste in Berlin

Munchen has its October Feste, since yesterday Berlin its Obama Feste...
I have high expectations of Obama these days. You can say what you want but he is the perfect orator. At least 200,000 people heard the Democratic Party candidate make the only public speech of his world tour. Next stops are Paris and London. Curious if he will make a speech there as well since people there are already heating up.

Day Opening - July 25

A tram in Amsterdam!