Primacy and Conciliarity in the Light of Orthodox Teaching

On September 16, 2021, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa participated in the work of the conference organized by the Synodal Biblical-Theological Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church on the topic "World Orthodoxy: Primacy and Conciliarity in the Light of Orthodox Teaching".

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia opened the conference, while Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, delivered the key plenary report.

Day of Serbian unity, freedom and national flag

On September 15, Serbia and Republika Srpska mark a joint holiday - the Day of Serbian Unity, Freedom and the National Flag. At the central manifestation at Sava Square in Belgrade, near the monument of Stefan Nemanja, His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic and the Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Milorad Dodik.

- I pray to God that we will never be moved by petty and selfish passions, against each other, but that we will be one in ourselves, one among ourselves, and that we will build unity with everyone, said the Serbian Patriarch Porfirije, whose sermon we transmit in its entirety:

May we have a happy and blessed holiday of national unity, freedom and the flag!

God created every man and all mankind, in his image and likeness, and God is perfect unity and perfect communion in the love of three Persons: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The fact that he created man in his own image and likeness, in fact, means that he called him to live, to the extent possible, the divine way of existence, unity and community of different persons, and to make such a way of life his own reality in time and eternity. .

Patriarch Porfirije : Let's help the realization of the film about the suffering of children in Jasenovac

In a friendly conversation I initiated, the great director Lordan Zafranović presented to Maja Gojkovic, the Minister of Culture, and me a new version of the script of the film about the suffering in the Jasenovac camp, based on the text by Arsen Diklic "Children of Kozara". The realization of the film about the suffering of the innocent in Jasenovac, and especially the children, should be helped by everyone who has the opportunity. The theme of absolute evil, which manifestation is the camp in Jasenovac, is one of the eternal artistic themes that will never be completely exhausted.

Consecration of Archimandrite Damaskin for Bishop of Mohacs

At the regular spring session, held in Belgrade from May 24 to 29, 2021, the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected Archimandrite Damaskin (Grabez), superior of the monastery of St. Roman in Djunis, the vicar of the Bishop of Backa, with the title Bishop of Mohacs.

The consecration of the elected Bishop of Mohacs will be performed on Sunday, September 19, 2021, in the Cathedral of St. Sava in Belgrade, starting at 9 am, during t the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy, which will be served by His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch with archbishops and clergy. The previous day, on Saturday, September 18, a solemn evening service will be held with the rite of the proclamation of the elected Bishop, in the old Cathedral of the Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade, starting at 6 pm.

Holy New Martyrs of Jasenovac, pray to God for us!

On September 13, 2021, His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch,  visited the monastery of St. John the Baptist in Jasenovac on the occasion of marking the feast of the Holy New Martyrs of Jasenovac and the memory of the eightieth anniversary of the founding of death concentration camps in Jasenovac (photo gallery).

Consecration of Bishop Justin (Jeremic) of Hvosno, Vicar of the Serbian Patriarch

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy and the solemn rite of consecration of the elected and proclaimed  High Venerable Archimandrite Justin (Jeremic) to the rank of Bishop of Hvosno, Vicar of the Serbian Patriarch, at the Cathedral church of Saint Sava in the Vracar district, on 12 September 2021. 

The Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church was concelebrated by His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje; Their Graces Bishops Vasilije of Srem, Nikanor of Banat, Irinej of Backa, Dositej of Britain-Scandinavia, Pahomije of Vranje, Jovan of Sumadija, Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla, Atanasije of Milesevo, Arsenije of Nis, Kirilo of Buenos Aires-South America, Nikodim of Dalmatia, Heruvim of Osek-Polje and Baranja, Isihije of Valjevo, Antonije of Moravica, David of Stobi, Stefan of Remesiana, Metodije of Dioclea; elected Bishop of Budimlje-Niksic; Jerotej of Toplica, retired Georgije of Canada and retired Konstantin of Middle Europe; elected Bishops Damaskin of Mohacs, Sava of Marca and Jovan of Hum; clergy and hieromonks from many dioceses of the Serbian Church.