In the afternoon of Tuesday the 7th/20th of May 2014, His Excellency the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Mr Plamen Oresharski, while in an official visit to the state of Israel, visited the Patriarchate in the company of Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Mr Kristian Vigenin, Health Minister Mrs Tanya Andreeva, Agriculture Minister, Mr Dimitar Grekov, his wife, members of the Bulgarian Parliament, the Bulgarian Ambassador to Israel, Mr Dimitar Mihaylov and other associates of his.
On the heels of epic floods that left at least 37 dead and thousands homeless in Serbia and Bosnia, a second surge of floodwaters continues to fill an already swollen Sava River and threatens thousands of lives as well as Serbia’s biggest power plant. The Nikola Tesla power plant, which provides roughly half of the country’s electricity, is in the deadly path of a flood wave created by the heaviest rains to hit the region in 120 years. In Bosnia, evacuees are being placed in temporarily shelters like military barracks, but many more await help in areas that are not accessible yet.
On May 21, 2014, during his meeting with the TV program “Word of a Pastor” team, which took place at the working Patriarchal residence in Chisty Lane in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia made a special address to the Serbian people in connection with the large-scale floods in this country, reports the Synodal Information Department.
“I would like to address our Serbian brothers as well as the Russian people with a special word in connection with the terrible cataclysm that befell the Serbian people and Serbia.
As of Monday, May 19, 2014, International Orthodox Christian Charities reported that at least 37 were known to be dead and thousands had been left homeless across Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The text of the letter reads as follows.
LETTER OF METROPOLITAN TIKHON TO PATRIARCH IRINEJ OF SERBIA
May 19, 2014
His Holiness Irinej
Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci
On 10 May 2014, Mr. Srđan Milić, president of the Socialist People’s Party of Montenegro, who had come to Moscow to attend the Victory Day celebrations, prayed at the Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the Butovo firing range.
High Patriarchal award to Metropolitan Iriney of Dnepropetrovsk at the Border Control Point of Dnepropetrovsk Airport12. May 2014 - 9:31
On 10 May 2014, Metropolitan Iriney of Dnepropetrovsk celebrated his 75th birthday.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, arrived in Dnepropetrovsk on the 9th of May, to take part in the celebrations dedicated to the jubilee of the esteemed hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.