Patriarch Porfirije meets with President Vucic

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch met with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vucic in the building of the Presidency of the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade, on February 24, 2021.

After the meeting with Patriarch Porfirije, President Aleksandar Vucic said that they discussed all important issues in the relations between the state and the Church and that he informed the new primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church about all key issues of importance for the state of Serbia, which are without a doubt, and of great importance to the Church. The Patriarch Porfirije said: - Only through dialogue and conversation can we get to know each other and create preconditions for overcoming temptations and misunderstandings.

Statement of condolences from Serbian Patriarch Porfirije to the Balasevic family

On the occasion of the repose of the prominent artist Djordje Balasevic, His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch sent a statement of condolence to the Balasevic family with the following content:

I pray for the salvation of the soul of that Djordje who, in difficult years, brought meaning and serenity to the everyday life of many generations. The love he sang about tirelessly was the very content of his life, dedicated to his wife Olivera and their children. And because of that love, and because of this cheerfulness and meaning that was gently hidden everywhere in his verses, but also because of personal meetings in which I met the invisible dimensions of his personality, I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Djordje Balasevic.

Whoever is without sin, let him throw a stone at those whom he thinks are sinners, and I will return that unlimited amount of love for everything beautiful, gentle and tame, like the Backa plain of our Djole.

Serbian Patriarch Porfirije congratulated Novak Djokovic on his victory at the Australian Open

On the occasion of another great success of tennis player Novak Djokovic, His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch sent a greeting card with the following content:

I congratulate our Novak Djokovic on his great victory at the Australian tournament, but also, even more, on his new feat. What he does is a top sport, but also something much more than that. Something that raises morale and fills the hearts with pride of all of us who participate with him in joint struggles with discouragement, learning to endure pain and overcome all physical limitations, just like him. That is the very purpose of what we have been getting from the unbreakable, rock-solid Novak for years.

And it was shown again in the far south of the planet, in Melbourne, for the ninth time. There, far from us - physically, but also in front of us, as another scene where the Serbian character is shown in the best light. Thank you, Novak, for that and for everything else he will show and bring to us. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart, with our prayers for Novak and his entire family!

The Orthodox and the entire Christian world and people of good will congratulated Patriarch Porfirije on his election

In the past few days, hundreds and hundreds of letters of congratulations have arrived at the Patriarchal Palace in Belgrade addressed to the Serbian Patriarchate, the Holy Assembly and the Synod, all Serbian Orthodox race, and of course the newly elected first hierarch of the holiest Serbian Orthodox Church, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci, and Serbian Patriarch Porfirije.

Leaders and dignitaries of the Orthodox Churches, the highest representatives of the Roman Catholic Church, the Islamic Religious Community and the Jewish Religious Community, some Protestant Churches and denominations, the highest representatives of the authorities of the Republic of Serbia, statesmen and important political figures wished the head of the Serbian Patriarchate good luck on the throne of Saint Sava. His Holiness Porfirije read the congratulations of our Orthodox people from Serbia, Republika Srpska, Montenegro, Croatia, Northern Macedonia, but also from Europe, North and South America and Australia with the greatest love and attention.

The highest dinstinction of Republic of Serbia to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

On the occasion of the Statehood Day, President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic awarded His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia with the order of the Republic of Serbia on a large necklace.