by the mercy of God,
Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch
Your Beatitude Shenouda III, Pope and Patriarch of the Coptic Church of Alexandria, our beloved brother in the Lord: Grace be to you and peace from God.
We hasten to express to Your Beatitude our sincerest and whole-hearted condolences for the recent terrorist attack outside of Saints Coptic Church. Words cannot adequately express our shock and sorrow at the magnitude of this tragedy; the ruthlessness and cold-bloodedness of the assailants has shaken Christians and people of good will all over the world. This unjust and unjustifiable incident has revealed to us and to the entire world the great price that Christians continue to pay for their faith in Christ Jesus.
During this most difficult time of pain, therefore, we would like to assure you and your faithful of our complete solidarity and support. Please know that we always stand prayerfully beside you as we continue to journey on the difficult paths of our respective Churches. May all those who have recently lost their lives find peace and comfort in the embrace of Abraham.
At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the 3rd of January 2011
beloved brother in Christ,
Archbishop of Constantinople-
New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch
Mr. Bozidar Djelic, vice president of the Serbian Government in charge for European integrations, was present at Christmas Liturgy in St. George church in Prizren.MInister Djelic said after the Liturgy that he was delighted that Bishop was coming back to the Bishop's palace and that in Prizren the Orthodoxy and Serbianship will live. He said that the Government will support opening the Prizren Seminary again here.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served today, on the Christmas Eve, the Divine Liturgy in the Belgrade Cathedral Church. The Service of God, during which His Holiness ordained deacon Igor Lukic a presbyter, was also present His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr kyr Jovan.
Metropolitan Amfilohije, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija until recently, along with sisterhood of the monastery of Gracanica and clerks of the Diocese solemnly welcomed yesterday in the monastery of Gracanica newly-enthroned Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visited the Diocese of Zica, and in Kraljevo, along with Bishop Hrizostom of Zica, the church of Holy Trinity, damaged in a recent earthquake. His Holiness Serbian Patriarch in an evangelic spirit promised the threatened people the help of the Church and the believers.
Patriarch was welcomed in front of the church of St. Trinity, built in 1824, by bishops Hrizostom of Zica and fr. Jovan Djerem, head of the church. During the visit to Diocese of Zica and Kraljevo, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Backa walked along the city streets, met with Mayor Ljubisa Simovic, visited a hospital, and at the end of the visit he was in the monastery of Zica, because that church from XIII century was also damages in the recent earthquake.