PUBLIC COMMUNIQUÉ FROM THE REGULAR CONVOCATION OF THE HOLY ASSEMBLY OF BISHOPS OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH HELD IN BELGRADE22. May 2008 - 22:00
In the Patriarchate in Belgrade, with the blessings of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle, and under the presidency of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, who in accordance with Article 62 of the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church substitutes for His Holiness, who is currently absent due to illness, the regular convocation of The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church was held from 15 to 21 May 2008. All of the diocesan hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the country and abroad, as well as His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ochrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, together with the hierarchs of the Autonomous Archdiocese of Ochrid participated in the work of The Assembly.
In the spirit of Paschal joy and with love in the Risen Lord, confronted by great contemporary spiritual challenges, The Holy Assembly of Bishops concerned itself with issues vital to the life, order and mission of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Unknown individuals attempted to break into the Church of St. George at Trnovac cemetery in Tuzla yesterday, said local priest Niko Tošić.Tošić said that the culprits had broken a door, and smashed some of the chapel's windows. The priest said that property belonging to the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) in Tuzla had been attacked and damaged over 50 times in the course of the last seven years, and three times so far this year.
Yesterday His Beatitude the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Hieronymus paid a formal visit to the Minister of National Education and Religious Affaires Mr. Euripides Stylianidis.
After meeting His Beatitude, the Minister of Education expressed his joy and honour to have received the Archbishop. He also talked about an efficient cooperation that will upgrade religious education and will open new horizons.
On the 22 of May the city of Tripoli honors its protectors-Saints, Neomartyrs Demetrius and Paul, therefore the traditional religious festivities and a Litany of the Neomartyrs' icon will take place.
This year His Beatitude the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Hieronymus II will visit Tripoli, invited by His Reverence Metropolite of Madinia and Kynouria Mr. Alexander.
Prior to his February election as archbishop, the 70-year-old Ieronymos was bishop of Thebes in central Greece where he was appointed in 1981. He is regarded as a moderate, very active and energetic and in favor of good relations with the Patriarchate Patriarch Bartholomeos has stressed tolerance and reconciliation throughout his ministry.
Constantinople has had an unusual visitor this past weekend - Archbishop Ieronymos of Greece and Athens who was elected head of the Orthodox Church of Greece last February following the death of Archbishop Christodoulos. He came as the guest of Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeos.
Walter Kasper, the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will visit Russia in late May. "It will be a private visit, which Cardinal Kasper himself has initiated to become better acquainted with the life of the Russian Orthodox Church and its spiritual reality," Priest Igor Vyzhanov, secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations (DECR), said in an interview with the Interfax-Religion website.