THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES IN MOSCOW
CROWN PRINCESS KATHERINE RECEIVES IFUOCN AWARD “FOR
OUTSTANDING ACTIVITIES ON STRENGTHENING UNITY OF ORTHODOX NATIONS”
Belgrade, 22 January 2008 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown
Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine are on an official visit to
Moscow, which is taking place from 20 to 23 January. Yesterday afternoon, Crown
Princess Katherine was honoured with an award for “outstanding activities on
strengthening the unity of Orthodox nations”.
On the first day, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Church
of the Patriarchate of Serbia in Moscow, as well as the well known Cathedral of
Christ the Saviour.
Yesterday, Their Royal Highnesses met with His Holiness the
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexei II at the St. Daniel Monastery, which
is also the residence of His Holiness.
In the afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses were guests for
lunch organised by the Council of Russian Nobility.
The official award ceremony organised by His Holiness the
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexei II and the Trustee Council of the
International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox
Christian Nations (IFUOCN), took place in the late afternoon yesterday, at
the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine addressed the
present upon receiving the award. In her speech, the Crown Princess said that
she is very grateful and moved to accept this prestigious award for the year
2007. She reminded the present that she and her husband, Crown Prince Alexander
II have been working for years to help, assist, support and encourage the needy
and the deprived. “It is our duty as children of God, as Christians, as human
beings, as those created out of love”, emphasised Crown Princess Katherine,
adding that we must all strive to help others, as “one man’s misery is a misery
and misfortune of an entire community, and that pain suffered by a single child
is everybody’s pain and a wound that hurts”.
“In this solemn moment and in this splendid company, I am
commending to all of you my Serbian Nation and my Greek Motherland, two
countries to which I belong, two peoples that have preserved their Christian
identity and their Holy Orthodox Faith”, emphasised the Crown Princess,
especially making an appeal for more love, friendship and togetherness, for the
ears to listen and the hearts to hear this message. She concluded her speech by
thanking everyone and adding that “we all have to give whatever we can afford,
and we have to offer love among all”.
This year’s recipients, besides HRH Crown Princess Katherine,
include the Archbishop of Athens and whole Greece Christodoulos, the President
of Moldavia Vladimir Voronin, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov
and the Theological School of the Cyprus Archbishopric in Nairobi.
The ceremony was followed by a concert and reception for the
Today, Their Royal Highnesses attended the service of His
Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexei II at the Dormition
Patriarchal Cathedral at the Kremlin, on the occasion of St. Philip, the
Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonder Maker of All Russia.
Following the visit, Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown
Princess Katherine will visit Kremlin.
At the end of the day, Their Royal Highnesses, together with
His Excellency Mr. Stanimir Vukicevic the Ambassador of Serbia to the Russian
Federation will host a reception for many Serbian and Russian invitees at the
Serbian Embassy in Moscow.
The last day will be marked by a visit of Their Royal
Highnesses to the Cloister of Martha and Maria, which will end their visit to
this brotherly, Orthodox, friendly country.