His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, met today with His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Scola, Archbishop of Milano and envoy of His Holiness Pope Francisco, accompanied by His Eminence Archbishop of Belgrade Stanislav Hocevar and the official delegation for celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan in Nis.
Primates and representatives of local Orthodox Churches, led by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, His Holiness Theophilos of Jerusalem, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus and His Beatitude Archbishop Sava of Warsaw responded to the invitation of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch to participate in both the Central and closing ceremony commemorating the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan. Besides delegations from the Orthodox Churches, the Central celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan will also be attended by representatives of the East Non-Chalcedonian Churches, an esteemed delegation from the Vatican with representatives from the Roman Catholic Church from the region, leaders from the Reformed Church, as well as different Christian organizations and associations from throughout Europe and the world.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch met with Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Republic of Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate today, on 3 September 2013.
The meeting, which topic was the solemn celebration of the jubilee of the Edict of Milan, was attended by their Graces Bishops Irinej of Backa and Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Director of the Office for Cooperation with Traditional Churches and religious communities Mr. Mileta Radojevic, and Mr. Darko Bulatovic on behalf of the mayor of City of Nis.
On Pentecost Tuesday, 25 July 2013, His Grace Bishop Dositej of Britain and Scandinavia, accompanied by protopresbyter-stavrophor Aleksandar Ilic, head of the church of Saint John the Baptist in Halifax, visited the Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle in York, Northern England. On the south side of the cathedral there is a magnificent statue of Emperor Constantine the Great with a sign that this Roman emperor in York was declared a ruler in 306.
On August 30 through September 1, 2013, the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America will hold its annual Diocesan Days gathering. This year Diocesan Days will mark several momentous anniversaries: 50 years of the founding of the Diocese, 150 years of the birth of Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich, Holy Apostle to the Americas, and 1700 years of the Edict of Milan.
On Saturday, 13 July 2013, on the feast of Saint Peter, the central celebration of the Diocese of Krusevac on the occasion of the marking the 1700th anniversary of the publication of the Edict of Milan (313 A.D.) was held on Gradiste hill which belongs to a village of Kukljin (near Krusevac). The church of Holy Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen is located on the hill which locals call Gradiste.