September 14.

1219. – Serbian Orthodox Church was proclaimed autocephalous (independent) – by the Byzantine Emperor Theodore I Lascaris and Patriarch Manuel I Haritopoulos of Nicaea with Sava Nemanjić as first Serbian Archbishop – with its headquarters in the Žiča Monastery. Tzar Dušan raised the Serbian church to the rank of patriarchate in 1346.

1716. – The first lighthouse in the U.S. was inaugurated in Boston harbor. Continue reading

The Pope Gets Solar Panels on His House

Pope Benedict XVI’s Bavarian house in Pentling next to Regensburg, will be getting almost 600 square feet of
photovoltaic solar panels.

They were intended to be installed on the roof July 27-31, by local students of a trade school. The panels were donated to the Pope by local workmen.

Once installed, they could generate nearly 6 MW of electricity. No church funds were used, and the Pope made it a condition of the project that it could proceed only without church support. The solar panels could generate as much as $3,500 dollars by selling electricity to the German grid. Any income generated will be donated to job and skill training for disadvantaged youth. Continue reading

The Orthodox world celebrates Christmas

The Russian and Serbian Orthodox churches, Greek Mt. Athos and the Jerusalem patriarchy along with some smaller Orthodox regions, celebrate the Christmas tomorrow, January 7, according to the Julian calendar.

The usual message sent in Serbia for Christmas is “Mir Božiji, Hristos se rodi” (seen on the top of the icon), which means “(Gods) Peace, Christ is born ”

To all the Christians who follow the Julian calendar, geaNostra withes a very happy Christmas! Continue reading

Review: The last Cato – Matilde Asensi

The Last Cato

This is one of the very few books that I’ve read more than once in the last years, and there is a very good reason for that. It’s a book packed with adventures and seasoned with lots of facts and figures from the past, along with some myth and mysteries, that really involves you.

If you like the ecclesiastical thrillers (such as the Da Vinci Code, or the Bible Code), this book will most certainly get to you. Matilde Asensi seems to be a very informed writer, since everything in the book seems true, from the dirty laundry of the Vatican, through the tensions in Israel, Egypt or Turkey, to the Sicilian mafia, with all the ranks, place names and info that actually exist. Sometimes, foreign languages are used and translated throughout the book. These are the ancient Greek, Byzantine and Latin, the modern Greek, Italian, Arab… Continue reading