Serbian Orthodox Church
On the invitation of His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej will stay in Istanbul from 5th to 9th of March 2014.
The reason of this visit is the meeting of all primates of the Canonical Local Orthodox Churches in order to discuss current topics in the Church and the society. Patriarch Irinej is accompanied by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa, as well as protopresbyter Gajo Gajic.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church of Holy Michael in Belgrade with the concelebration of His Eminence Metropolitan Archangel Chrysostomos of Dodoni, of the Greek Orthodox Church, Venerable Archimandrite Spyridon (Katramados), Very Rev. Protopresbyter Panagiotos Karatasios, as well as priesthood of the Cathedral church.
At the end of the Holy Liturgy His Holiness Patriarch adressed the guests and wished them a nice stay in Serbia. Metropolitan Chrysostomos is President of the Synodal Office for pilgrimage tours, and he came to Belgrade to present the program of the Archdiocese of Athens at the International Tourism Fair. Besides Metropolitan Chrysostomos the official delegation of the Greek Church consists of: Archimandrite Spyridon (Katramados) – Secretary, Mr. Atanasios Raftopoulos and Mr. Vasilios Dzerpos – members, as well as Mr. Chrystos Petreas – special science advisor of the Synodal Office for pilgrimage tours of the Greek Church.
The Saint Simeon’s Assembly began with the consecration of the baptistery in the pyrgos of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher and the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica on Saturday, March 1st. The assembly was held under the sign of the great jubilee – 9oo years since the birth of Saint Simeon the Myrhh-Gusher – Stefan Nemanja.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, Their Graces Bishops: Jovan of Sumadija, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, priests, deacons and hieromonks.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej arrived to Podgorica on February 28th, 2014, where on the occasion of the 900th anniversary of the birth of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher – Stefan Nemanja, a great Saint Simeon’s Assembly was held on Saturday, March 1st.
His Holiness was welcomed at the airport by His Eminence Amfilohije,Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, with priests and monks of the Metropolitanate. The Patriarch arrived to the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ where he was welcomed by Their Graces Bishops: Jovan of Sumadia, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo and the Bishop emeritus Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, the priesthood and the faithful of Podgorica.
The first Vice President of the Government of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic visited Banjska Monastery and talked with Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren.
First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic announced yesterday, after having visited the monastery of Banjská near Zvečan, that the dialogue of Belgrade with the provisional authorities in Pristina would continue between 13 and 18 March. Vucic pointed out that Belgrade still insisted on the release of four Serbs who are in custody in Kosovo and reiterated that Serbia required from the international community to respect the basic human rights of our citizens.