Message by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for World Environment Day (June 5, 2009)10. June 2009 - 8:23
Today's World Environment Day is an opportunity as well as an invitation for all of us, irrespective of religious background, to consider the ecological crisis.
In our time, more than ever before, there is an undeniable obligation for all to understand that environmental concern for our planet does not comprise a romantic notion of the few. The ecological crisis, and particularly the reality of climate change, constitutes the greatest threat for every form of life in our world. Moreover, there is an immediate correlation between protection of the environment and every expression of economic and social life.
His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, a member of the Holy Synod of Bishops, gave an interview to Zoran Stanojevic, for a TV program Eye on the First channel of the Radio Television of Serbia. This program was broadcasted on June 1, 2009 and you can watch it on the website of the Radio Television of Serbia.
A beginning of the 4th All-Orthodox Pre-Conciliar Conference in Chambesy near Geneva was marked with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy which was led by Metropolitan John of Pergamum on Sunday, on the Feast of Pentecost, at the church of St. Paul The Apostle of the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand presided over the Holy Eucharistic Assembly on the feast day of Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles - Pentecost at the God's church of the same name in Zemun. His Grace served with the concelebration of 7 presbyters and 3 deacons from the Archbishopric of Belgrade and Karlovac. After the communion of the faithful who fulfilled this holy temple in a great number, and especially children of all ages among them. His Grace Bishop served also a holiday Pentecost evening service during which he read prayers which the Holy Church ordered to be read on this holy feast day, and prayed that Holy Life-giving Spirit pour upon all the gathered in this liturgical gathering.
Pious Russian people in Serbia today had a great liturgical celebration. The Podvorye of the Moscow Patriarchate and the church of Holy Trinity have celebrated today Patron Saint of the Church. On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia,His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, the vicar Bishop of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia served, in the church full of people, the Holy Hierarchal Lityrgy with the concelebration of priests and deacons. In the Divine Liturgy Mr. Petar Frolov, the counselor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation and Mr. Dragan Novakovic, assistant minister of Faith at the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
After the Ascension of Christ His disciples stayed in Jerusalem and in one room at the Zion frequently gathered and together they prayed the Lord awaiting impatiently the promised Comforter, The Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father. Matthias was voted in to replace Judas among the twelfe.