NIS, Serbia, October 6 (Itar-Tass) - The Serbian town of Nis will be the center of celebrations of the 1,700th anniversary of establishment of freedom for Christianity on Sunday. Nis is a town where Roman Emperor Constantine the Great was born. In 313, he signed the Edict of Milan that permanently established religious toleration and equality for Christians within the Roman Empire. The heads and representatives of all the 15 Orthodox Churches, including Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, will attend an outdoor liturgy in Nis, southern Serbia, on Sunday.
On Saturday, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic gave a reception in honor of the delegations of world Christian churches, including Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant ones.
In his speech in Belgrade, Patriarch Kirill noted that Constantine I had laid down the foundation of Christian Europe which still existed today despite the desire of many people to give up and destroy this foundation. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church said that Serbia, which advocates the inviolability of traditional, including family, values was setting a good example to other countries.
“This is proved by the fact that Serbian politicians and Serbian public have come resolutely against holding any public actions that propagate an immoral way of life in Belgrade,” Patriarch Kirill said.