Metropolitan Ilarion of Volokolamsk arrived in Belgrade

His Eminence Metropolitan Ilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, arrived in Belgrade on February 17, 2020.

A distinguished guest from the sister Russian Orthodox Church was greeted at the Belgrade Airport "Nikola Tesla" by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church: Their Graces Bishops Irinej (Bulovic) of Bachka and David (Perovic) of Krusevac as well as by the principal of the Moscow Representation in Belgrade, Archpriest Vitaly Tarasev.  Dr. Marko Nikolic, Deputy Director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities of the Republic of Serbia, was present as well.

Biography of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk


Biography of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, whose lay name is Grigory Alfeyev, is a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, permanent member of the Holy Synod, chairman of the Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission, rector of the SS Cyril and Methodius Institute of Postgraduate Studies of the Russian Orthodox Church, dean of the Church of Our Lady The Joy of All the Sorrowful on Bolshaya Ordynka Street in Moscow, dean of the Patriarchal Metochion of SS Michael and Theodore of Chrenigov.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej attends the festivity on the occasion of the National Day of Serbia

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić awarded decorations to deserving individuals and institutions on the occasion of the National Day of Serbia. The decorated are meritorious individuals, institutions and associations in the fields of culture, medicine, business, sports, science, diplomacy.

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić congratulated the National Day and emphasized that there is no better day than this to remind ourselves of how little it takes for dreams to come true and that it took only about 300 people gathered in one trench to start liberating the state and win the independence, where the Serbian heroes swore with their blood, thereby striking the foundation of a modern nation.

The Meeting of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Temple celebrated in the church of Ruzica on Kalemegdan

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Ruzica on 15 February 2020, on the feast of The Meeting of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Temple.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by protopresbyter-staurophors Dragan Milin, Momcilo Krivokapic, Savo Jovic, Dragan Protic, protodeacon Savo Milin, deacons Vladimir Radovanovic and Srboljub Ubiparovic.

Bishop Metodije of Diokleia visits Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

On Monday, February 10, 2020, Bishop Metodije of Diokleia visited Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at the Archdiocese Headquarters, to discuss the current religious and political situation in Montenegro.

Bishop Metodije expressed his deep gratitude for the support given by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. He also thanked Archbishop Elpidophoros of America for advocating on their behalf to Secretary Pompeo and Metropolitan Tikhon along with the hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America for their solidarity. It sent a clear message to the hundreds of thousands of faithful in Montenegro marching peacefully twice a week, that they are not alone and that their struggle to save their sanctuaries is supported by their coreligionists in the United States.