The modern city of Niš, which is in Serbia, is the birthplace of the man who legalized the Christian faith in the Roman Empire. That old wounds haven’t yet healed shows us that we have a long road to go in terms of reconciliation, and we both blaspheme the name of Christ for keeping His church divided due to human pride.
Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia was instrumental in my conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy twenty years ago next month. It was a privilege meeting him, a true honor. My policy, however, is to not ever ask for autographs or take pictures with people. I frankly loathe bothering people about such things, as I worked for years in Hollywood and learned that you get farther with people by not hassling them for trinkets. The friend I took, Patty, however, had no such qualms, so thanks to her expert timing, Met. Kallistos managed to photo-bomb my portrait. I couldn’t be happier about that.