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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visits Poland

His All Holiness, Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch started a visit to Poland on Monday.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Maria Magdalene Church in Warsaw

While in Poland Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will visit Warsaw, Lublin and the Holy Mountain of Grabarka to attend the Transfiguration feast celebrations in the sanctuary, PAP was told by spokesperson for the Polish Orthodox Church father Henryk Paprocki.
The Transfiguration is the biggest Orthodox feast in Poland. Pilgrimages to Grabarka, the main Orthodox cult site in Poland, date back to 1710.
On Tuesday Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will meet with Sejm Speaker Grzegorz Schetyna.
On Friday he will receive an honorary doctorate of the John Paul II Catholic Lublin University during a ceremony in Lublin.
There are from 550 to 600 thousand Orthodox faithful in Poland, mainly in the Podlasie northeastern region.
(PAP) 

Greece: Valia Calda Brown Bear’s Home

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Valia Calda, or “warm valley” – located in the northwestern Pindos mountain range– is one of Greece’s most beautiful mountain regions. An area of unique ecological and research interest, Valia Calda forms the core of the Pindos National Park.  The wild and rich landscape of the park creates a major wildlife sanctuary, hosting rare reptile species, birds and many varieties of mammals, including the brown bear. In fact, Valia Calda is considered to be the brown bear’s main natural habitat in Greece. The best time of the year to visit this unique region is May-June when there is no snow and most vegetation blossoms, offering a fabulous, colourful panorama.  Athens Plus: Valia Calda, spring fever in the valley (08.05.2009, p.42); Valda Calda Refuge: Mountain Treks

• Greek monastic food gets cookbook treatment

(The Salt Lake Tribune/AP, 15.08.08) A cookbook written by Father Epifanios Milopotaminos, the cook on the secluded Mount Athos sanctuary gives us a rare glimpse into life in this community of some 1,500 monks in 20 monasteries that strictly limits outside access, including barring women. Published in April, ”Cooking on Mount Athos” (so far available only in Greek) offers 126 unpretentious, tasty recipes. ”It’s a clean diet that people once ate across the eastern Mediterranean. It’s the same way meals were prepared 100 years ago, or 50 years ago,” Epifanios says. FOR MORE LOOK AT: http://www.sltrib.com/faith/ci_10218542