Saint Luke was born a Greek and a Gentile in Antioch, Syria. He was a physician and it is believed that he may have also been a slave, as it was not uncommon in his day for slaves to be educated in medicine so the family would have a resident physician.
Luke became a close companion of Paul of Tarsus and accompanied him on his missionary journeys. It is very possible that Luke provided medical assistance to Paul when he had been beaten, stoned or nearly drowned while evangelizing to the Western Roman Empire.
Luke is the only Gentile to have written books in the Bible. He is the writer of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles and his writings have been proven to be historically accurate.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. Aleksander Vasilyevich Chepurin, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 25 October 2016.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, recieved a high delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran led by Mr. Majid Fahim Pour, ambassador who finishes his service in the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate on 24 October 2016.
The same day, Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. Joseb Nanobashvili, Ambassador of Georgia for Greece and Serbia.
His Royal Highness Prince Mihailo Karadjordjevic and Miss Ljubica Ljubisavljevic were united in holy matrimony in the Church of Saint George in Oplenac, which was followed by a reception given by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, for invited guests at the White Palace.
The religious ceremony was officiated by Their Graces Bishop Irinej of the Eastern Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America and Bishop Pahomije of Vranje and Father Petar Lukic, Dean of Saborna crkva in Belgrade.
In the morning of October 17, 2016, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, while on a pastoral visit to Great Britain, had a working meeting with His Holiness Patriarch Irenaeus of Serbia, in London.
Participating in the meeting were also Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, and Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), a DECR vice-chairman. From the side of the Serbian Orthodox Church there were Bishop Dositei of Great Britain and Scandinavia and Bishop Irinej of Eastern America. They discussed the bilateral relations between the Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches and problems involved in pan-Orthodox dialogue.