Joint Declaration by Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece17. April 2016 - 15:21
We, Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, have met on the Greek island of Lesvos to demonstrate our profound concern for the tragic situation of the numerous refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who have come to Europe fleeing from situations of conflict and, in many cases, daily threats to their survival. World opinion cannot ignore the colossal humanitarian crisis created by the spread of violence and armed conflict, the persecution and displacement of religious and ethnic minorities, and the uprooting of families from their homes, in violation of their human dignity and their fundamental human rights and freedoms.
The tragedy of forced migration and displacement affects millions, and is fundamentally a crisis of humanity, calling for a response of solidarity, compassion, generosity and an immediate practical commitment of resources. From Lesvos, we appeal to the international community to respond with courage in facing this massive humanitarian crisis and its underlying causes, through diplomatic, political and charitable initiatives, and through cooperative efforts, both in the Middle East and in Europe.
The Protocol on cooperation between the Archives of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Museum of the genocide victims signed
At the Belgrade Patriarchate, the Protocol on cooperation between the Archives of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Museum of the genocide victims was solemnly signed on 12 April 2016. This document, which facilitates a future cooperation of two institutions, was signed by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Slavonia as president of the Managing Board of the Museum of genocide victims, acting director of this Museum Dr. VeljkoDjuric Misina and Director of the Archives of the Serbian Orthodox Church MSc Radovan Pilipovic.
President of the Government of the Republic of Srpska Mr. Aleksandar Vucic visited the seat of the Diocese of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral in Mostar, where he met Bishop Grigorije and the priesthood of Mostar.
Following the talks at the Episcopal Court, Prime Minister Vucic along with the hosts visited the construction site of the Cathedral church.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Dr. Nebojsa Stefanovic, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 11 April 2016.
The reception was also attended by Mr. Vladimir Bozovic, adviser to the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Ras and Prizren welcomed His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America at Gracanica Monastery during his visit to Kosovo and Metohija April 2-3, 2016.
The brother hierarchs attended Vespers at the Gracanica monastery church after which they spent time in conversation with the faithful and sisterhood of this holy monastery.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Zemun on 7 April 2016, on the feast of the Annunciation.