Serbian Patriarch received the Ambassador of Japan to Serbia

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, received His Excellency Takahiko Katsumata, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate on 7 September 2021.

In a cordial atmosphere, the interlocutors pointed out the good relations between the people of Serbia and Japan, who helped each other in difficult moments. Speaking about the current challenges in the region, Serbian Patriarch Porfirije emphasized that he fervently prays that all problems be resolved peacefully through dialogue.

Serbian Patriarch received the Ambassador of Georgia to Serbia

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch received His Excellency David Dondua, the non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Georgia to the Republic of Serbia, at the Patriarchal Court in Belgrade, on 7 September 2021.

During the cordial meeting with the Georgian Ambassador, the primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church emphasized that he would continue the tradition of nurturing fraternal relations between the peoples of Serbia and Georgia, which, although geographically distant, are in many ways close and similar.

Serbian Patriarch receives Ambassador of Panama to Serbia

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch received Her Excellency Julie Limberopoulos, the non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to the Republic of Serbia, at the Patriarchal Palace in Belgrade, on September 6, 2021.

Besides current issues from the life of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the topic of conversation was the role of Patriarch Porfirije in the process of reconciliation and rapprochement of people of goodwill in the region.

Patriarch Porfirije at the Podgorica airport: I pray to God for this country, for this people and for all people, and I ask them to pray for me, because they are closer to God

I am leaving  this blessed country and people, I hope not for long,with mixed feelings. I am very happy because we have done the work of the Church, enthroned the Metropolitan according to the will of the Church and the people of this diocese, the people who deeply love the Church of Saint Sava.

But I am also more than sad, even horrified by the fact that there were some people in sight who intended to prevent this act of love for everyone with a sniper rifle. I thank everyone, I feel sorry for everyone who was injured in any way and I ask them for forgiveness. I pray to the Lord for this country, for this people and for all people, and I ask them to pray for me, because they are closer to God.

Patriarch Porfirije: Metropolitan Joanikije has the support of our entire Church, all our Orthodox people wherever they live and all the brethren hierarchs without a shred of reserve

Serbian Patriarch Porfirije: -Brothers and sisters, may this beautiful city be blessed, this God-gathered, beautiful country that has everything from God! He has the Divine thought inscribed in him, which only if we recognize, we will recognize also the God present here. Blessed be this land and all its inhabitants! Here, dear Bishop, Metropolitan, I entrust to you this flock, sure that you will take it in your arms and offer it to God with dignity. May you all be blessed and live for many years!

- I congratulate you on the new Metropolitan whom we enthroned this morning in the Cetinje Monastery, by the providence of God, the Holy Spirit, the prayers of the Holy Assembly Fathers and the prayers of all of you. Today, the entire Orthodox Church rejoices, both heavenly and earthly, but above all, St. Peter of Cetinje rejoices today, St. Basil of Ostrog and so many saints on the throne of the Metropolitans of Cetinje and Montenegro-Littoral rejoice, all the way to your unforgettable spiritual father, and our teacher and father of all gathered here, Metropolitan Amfilohije of blessed repose. They rejoice because of a worthy heir, and an honorable and worthy one, brothers and sisters, your intercessor before the Lord, are the words with which His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, addressed the people in the Cathedral of  Resurrection of Chrust in Podgorica upon his arrival from Cetinje, where he solemnly introduced to the throne the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, His Eminence Joanikije, whom the Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected as successor of Metropolitan Amfilohije of blessed repose, on September 5, 2021.

Biography of Metropolitan Joanikije of Montenegro and the Littoral

His Eminence Metropolitan Joanikije (Micovic) of Montenegro and the Littoral was born on 20 April 1959 in Velimlje (Banjani). He finished Grammar school in Niksic. He graduated at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade in 1990 and was senior undergraduate at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade in the speciality of philosophy.

He was tonsured on October 30, 1990 in the monastery of Celija Piperska. He was ordained to the rank of hierodeacon on February 7, 1991, and to the rank of hieromonk on February 17, 1991, when he was appointed acting head of the Savina monastery. He was appointed head of the Cetinje Monastery, teacher and head educator in the newly renovated Cetinje seminary on September 1, 1992. In September 1995, he was promoted to the rank of protosynchellos and appointed acting rector of the Cetinje seminary.