His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, attended on 16 April 2013 at the Belgrade City Hall the traditional annual award ceremony of the City of Belgrade. Besides presidents of the municipalities, members of assembly and directors of the public enterprizes who attended the ceremony which opened the Days of Belgrade, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Vicar to the Serbian Patriarch, was present also.
On 12th April 2013, the General Secretary of the Global Christian Forum, Rev. Dr. Larry Miller, paid a visit to His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa.
During the private meeting which His Beatitude had with Mr. Larry Miller in the Patriarchal Office, mention was made of the multifaceted work being done by the ancient Patriarchate on the African continent, and in his turn the Secretary General informed His Beatitude about the aims and activities of the Global Christian Forum which has its Headquarters in Strasburg in France, and was created by proposal of the General Meeting of the World Council of Churches, in 1998 in Harare; its aim is to become the voice of all Christians on issues relating to the protection of human rights and peace.
On March 19, 2013, there was a meeting between the deputy head of the European Commission’s Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), Mr. Schinas, and church representatives in Brussels. It was initiated by the Brussels representation of the Church of Greece with the purpose to exchange opinions and discuss the problem of crisis, especially the serous economic situation in Cyprus, Greece and other countries of the Eurozone.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, when he was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Bergoglio, the first pope from the Americas, reportedly took his papal title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy. Prior to his election as pope, Bergoglio served as archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013, as cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church of Argentina from 2001 to 2013, and as president of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from 2005 to 2011.
At this year’s 38th International Food and Beverages Exhibition in Tokyo FOODEX 2013, the Wine Cellars of Tvrdoš Monastery presented its wines. Each year 75.000 visitors visit this fair, which is among the biggest in Asia. The Winery Tvrdoš participated at the Fair upon the invitation of the Japanese Trade Organization JETRO, at the Japanese Government, and by means of the Foreign Trade Chamber of BiH.