The spokesperson of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Father Dositheos Anağnostopulos, has said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saved the future of the patriarchate by offering Turkish citizenship to a number of archbishops in 2009. In an interview with the Star daily, Anağnos-topulos said there were 12 archbishops on the patriarchate's Spiritual Board at the time. "Most of [those archbishops] are very old. In order to become a member of this board, one has to be a Turkish citizen. If the patriarch dies one day, it seemed unlikely that a new patriarch would be elected from the board [due to the members' age]. This danger has now passed. The prime minister attended a luncheon on Büyükada in August 2009 ... and said the problem with the Spiritual Board will be overcome if archbishops applied to become Turkish citizens. He assured us that applicants would be granted citizenship," the spokesperson stated.
Sunday of Orthodoxy, when the Orthodox Church celebrates the victory over the iconoclacy, in a particular way celebrated in Timişoara. His Grace Bishop Lukijan of Budim and Administrator of Timişoara served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of priests and deacons of the Cathedral church of Timişoara and protopresbyter-staurophor Radomir Popovic, dean of the Higher school - Academy of the Serbian Orthodox Church for arts and conservation. During the Holy Service of God the City choir from Timişoara was chanting.
On Sunday, January 30, 2010, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Divine Liturgy in a church of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade on the occasion of the feast day of Venerable Anthony the Great, with the concelebration of Belgrade priesthood, hieromonks from Hilandar and the head of the Representation protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasjhev. The Divine Liturgy was attended by His Excellency Alexander V. Konuzin, the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Belgrade.