Press Release from St. Sava Cathedral in New York

Press Release from St. Sava Cathedral in New York
Press Release from St. Sava Cathedral in New York
Press Release from St. Sava Cathedral in New York
Press Release from St. Sava Cathedral in New York

The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in New York City, an architectural treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a New York City landmark, was tragically destroyed by a fire on Sunday, May 1, 2016, on Easter, the holiest day for Eastern Orthodox Christians.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Designed by noted architect Richard Upjohn and begun in 1842, the church was consecrated in 1855 as Trinity Chapel until it was sold to the Serbian community in 1943. Celebrated author Edith Wharton was married in this church, and Nikola Tesla, world-renowned scientist and inventor, was memorialized with a bronze bust, which miraculously sustained no damage. To date, the Orthodox community has spent over $4.5 million dollars to restore and improve the complex, which had continued to serve the needs of its parishioners and community through war and peace, tragedy and joy.

His Holiness Irinej greets Queen Eliyabeth II on Her Birthday

The Queen of the United Kingdom,
Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and
Head of the Commonwealth
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

You have placed crowns of precious stones upon their heads.
They asked life of you and you gave it to them—long life forever and evermore!

(Ps. 21:3-4)

Your Majesty,

In this day in which we commemorate the 90th year of Your Majesty's birth, kindly allow Us to express, on Our own behalf and on behalf of Our hierarchs, clergy, monastics and faithful, living throughout Your domain Our earnest offering of congratulations and sincere appreciation to the Lord for Your long life, and for Your most gracious Reign.

As the Spiritual Leader of Serbian Orthodox Christians, living in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as throughout the Commonwealth, We rejoice knowing that Your Majesty is both their Sovereign and Godmother to His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia.

We pray The Lord of Lords and The King of Kings, Christ our God, to bless Your Majesty with many more years of health and prosperity, peace and joy!

Long may You reign!
With Our most profound respect,

Archbishop of Pech
Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and
Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Condolences of the Serbian Patriarch Irinej to The King of the Belgians

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej expressed to His Majesty King Philippe, The King of the Belgians, his condolences over a series of terrorist attacks committed in Bruxelles on March 22, 2016.


To His Majesty
PHILIPPE of Belgium
Bruxelles – Laeken

Your Majesty,

We have been deeply disturbed by the news on terrorist attacks in Bruxelles. In particular, we grieve over the fact that these attacks took away many human lives, and that hundreds of them have been injured.

These are difficult times for the people of Belgium, but also for the entire civilized world. It is with pain that the Serbian Orthodox people are looking to the victims that lose their lives in the increasingly frequent terrorist attacks.

On behalf of the fullness of the Serbian Orthodox Church as well as on Our own behalf, please accept sincere condolences with Our prayers to the Lord, the only Merciful One, to grant an eternal repose to the souls of all the killed and comfort to their families and relatives in their pain as well as a quick recovery to the wounded.

I r i n e j

Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagrеb-Ljubljana: Concerning the current attacks on the Serbian Orthodox Church

Concerning the current attacks on the Serbian Orthodox Church

Regarding the media attacks of some individuals and associations on the Serbian Orthodox Church, its clergy and the faithful in Croatia, I feel an obligation to make the following statement:

The reason, but not a motive or a cause, for brutal, unprecedented attacks and calls for lynching of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Croatia in recent years, are to be found in a recording created many years ago, during my visit to believers in Chicago, where, as a guest, I was not able to affect all the circumstances. Because of all those who have been in any way affected or felt offended, especially after the abuse and manipulation of the content of the recording by some media, I express my sincere and deep human regret.


Chambésy, 21-28, 2016


At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Synaxis of Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches took place at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva, from 21st to 28th January, 2016.

The following Primates attended:

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria
Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow
Patriarch Irinej of Serbia
Patriarch Daniel of Romania
Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria
Patriarch Ilia of Georgia
Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus
Archbishop Anastasios of Albania
Archbishop Rastislav of the Czech Lands and Slovakia

The following Primates were unable to attend: Their Beatitudes Patriarch John X of Antioch and Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland, for health reasons, and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, for personal reasons. Nevertheless, all three were represented by official delegations of their Churches.

Serbian Patriarch to His Spirtual Children: Save Serbian and World Heritage


Dear spiritual children,

Our brothers and sisters in Kosovo and Metohija and the holy shrines of the Serbian Orthodox Church are in great danger, because the proponents of the so-called state of Kosovo want to obtain the membership in UNESCO and confiscate Serbian churches and monasteries. Therefore, the Serbian Patriarchate calls all pious and Orthodox people, all people of good will and everyone who cares about the rights and justice in the world, to oppose the so-called state of Kosovo's membership in UNESCO, which threaten to cause a humanitarian disaster and destruction of Serbian Orthodox shrines and thus the UNESCO world's heritage.

Consequently, the Serbian Orthodox Church announced on its website  some most relevant information.

We strongly invite you to share the following information on our website, and to share the website SAVE WORLD HERITAGE  through your social media and internet means in the most visible way possible, until 9 November 2015; join our efforts to inform the international community of the gravity of situation and the current danger threatening the sacred, spiritual and cultural heritage and Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija. We are convinced that this kind of information would help many uninformed people get informed quickly and efficiently.

We believe this would help the members of the General Assembly of UNESCO, despite all the pressures, to make a fair decision before the final vote at the forthcoming session and preserve Serbian and World Heritage in the South Serbian province.

With the blessing,


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Chers enfants spirituels,

Nos frères et sœurs au Kosovo et Métochie et les lieux saints de l'Église orthodoxe serbe sont en grand danger, parce que les représentants de l'autoproclamé état du Kosovo veulent adhérer à l'UNESCO et confisquer ainsi les églises et monastères, mettant en danger le reste de la population serbe qui les maintient, ainsi que le peuple albanais, mettant en danger la véritable communion et le développement au Kosovo et Métochie. Par conséquent, le Patriarcat serbe appelle toute personne pieuse, toute personne de bonne foi, et tous ceux qui se soucient des droits et de la justice dans le monde, à s’opposer à l'adhésion du Kosovo à l'UNESCO, ce qui équivaudrait à une catastrophe humanitaire ou la destruction des sanctuaires orthodoxes serbes reconnus comme le patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. À cette occasion, l'Église orthodoxe serbe annonce sur son site Web   les informations ad hoc.

Nous vous invitons à diffuser, les informations que vous trouverez sur notre page de site internet, ainsi que sur le portal SAVE WORLD HERITAGE sur vos  réseaux sociaux et sur internet de façon à ce que ce soit le plus visible, avant le 9 novembre 2015, et de nous aider à informer le large public concernant la situation grave et la grande menace à laquelle est confronté le patrimoine  sacré spirituel et culturel ensemble avec le people au Kosovo et Métochie. Nous sommes convaincus que la diffusion de ce type d'information aiderait  beaucoup, à informer de façon  rapide et efficace tous ceux qui ignorent ces faits. Nous croyons que cela aidera les membres de l'Assemblée générale de l'UNESCO, en dépit de toutes pressions, à prendre une décision juste au moment du vote final à la session en cours et de le patrimoine mondial et serbe dans la province du Sud de Serbie.

Avec la bénédiction,