His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej had an honour to officiate today at the morning service before mutual service of the Divine Liturgy of the Primates of Local Orthodox Churches.
The Conciliar Holy Liturgy commenced at 10 a.m., at the Cathedral Church of Saint George the Great martyr at the Phanar. Immediately after the Holy Gospel, chief secretary of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Archimandrite Bartholomew Samaras, read the Message of the Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches, which was solemnly signed yesterday after the end of the Meeting.
The first day of the Meeting of the primates of the Canonical Local Orthodox Churches, presided by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has been concluded.
Session are held in the church of Saint George - the Cathedral Church of the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej has arrived to Istanbul (Constantinople) where the synaxis of Primates of Orthodox Churches begins today.
His Holiness, accompanied by Bishop Irinej of Backa, arrived to Istanbul yesterday. Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro-Littoral arrived with protopresbyter Gajo Gajic two days earlier, due to his participation in the Preparatory Commission of this synaxis.
On Friday, 28 February 2014, an agreement among the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Serbian Government and the Interim authority of the City of Belgrade, there was signed at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade. The Agreement is based on the mutual lasting commitment to realize the idea of the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church and His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, to worthily bury the remains of Nikola Tesla, the world’s most famous inventor and scientist in the field of physics, electrical and radio engineering and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century , in the churchyard of the Saint Sava Memorial Cathedral.
The Agreement, which, among other things, provides conditions for the shaping and installation of the monument to Nikola Tesla in the courtyard of the Saint Sava Cathedral, was signed by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch; Minister of Energy, Development and Environment Professor Dr. Zorana Mihajlovic, and President of the Interim Body of the City of Belgrade Dr. Sinisa Mali.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mrs. Slavka Draskovic, Director of the Office for Diaspora and the Serbs in the region of the Government of Republic of Serbia.
Mr. Vukman Krivokuc, assistant to Director, and Mrs. Borka Radovanovic attended the audience. The same day, Serbian Patriarch Irinej also received Professor Dr. Oliver Antic, advisor to President of the Republic.