His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, met on 5 February 2013 with the delegation of the Committee for celebration of 200th anniversary of the birth of Bishop Petar I Petrović Njegoš. The delegations consisted of: academician Matija Bećković, president of the Committee; corresponding member of the Serbian Academy of Sciencies and Arts (SASA) Miro Vuksanović and Professor Dr. Dragan Stanić, vicepresidents; and also academician Dimitrije Stefanović,secretary general of SASA.
On the occasion of prayerful and commemorative festivities which lasted until 23 January 2013 in Novi Sad and that marked, on the highest state and church level, the seventieth anniversary of Novi Sad Raid which the Hungarian occupiers performed in January 1942, the Television production of the Diocese of Backa, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Dr Irinej of Backa put on the You Tube website a documentary called “The Children of Immortality”.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, the Institute for Schoolbooks and Teaching Aid published a capital work – “Saint Sava in Russian Imperial Chronicle”. Mr. Milovan Vitezovic is an editor and Mrs. Miljenka Vitezovic translated the book from Old Russian. The book was presented on 21 January 2013 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade.
The exhibition entitled Christianity in Niš throughout Centuries was opened at the Synagogue gallery in Niš on 10 January 2013. Besides the high dignitaries of the city of Niš, there was also present His Grace Bishop Jovan of Niš, who delivered the welcome speech.