His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, attended yesterday on 25 April 2013 the session of the Committee for completion of the construction and interior decoration of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava on Vracar. Before the beginning of the session, Patriarch Irinej accompanied by President of the Committee Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and the members of the Committee visited the Cathedral Church and its crypt, where he was informed on the spot about the course of the construction.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, met with representatives of the Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade yesterday, on 25 April 2013. The delegation was composed by Deputy Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohia Mr. Krstimir Pantic, head of the county of Kosovo-Mitrovica Mr. Radenko Nedeljkovic and presidents of the municipalities of Leposavic, Zvecan, Kosovska Mitrovica and Zubin Potok – Mr. Dragisa Vasic, Mr. Dragisa Milovic, Mr. Dragisa Vlaskovic and Mr. Slavisa Ristic. His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren attended the meeting.
In the churchyard of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica a great pan-national moleben for the salvation of Kosovo and Metohia was served on the 24th of April, 2013, at 6 p.m. His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral; His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic and Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina served the moleben with the concelebration of the clergy, monks and the faithful of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral.
His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral met with Reis-ul-ulema Husein ef. Kavazovic of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 in Sarajevo.
On Friday and Saturday, April 19th & 20th of this year, Regular Annual Assembly of the Diocese of New Gracanica – Midwestern America was held at the New Gracanica Monastery, Third Lake, IL, USA. This significant session was preceded by a seminar of the priests of our Diocese.
Assembly was attended by priests, monks and laity from 46 parishes and monasteries. Aside from the regular issues concerning the spiritual, financial and material wellbeing of the Diocese, a considerable amount of time was spent on the topic of education and upbringing of the youth of our parochial Sunday schools. The Assembly opened with an inspired greeting of His Grace Bishop Longin, and it concluded with his meaningful message and invitation to all to keep working on spiritual development. The Assembly passed a Resolution in the form of a pastoral message.