Important News

Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa: Church does not intend to engage in politics

The spokesman of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Bishop Irinej of Backa, stated on 8 April, following the end of the meeting of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church with the state leadership of Serbia, that the Church does not intend to deliver decisions instead of the elected representatives of the people or engage in politics, but that it has an inalienable right to voice its stance on the most important national issues.

Government demands immediate resumption of dialogue

The Serbian government held a meeting on Monday and unanimously decided to demand an urgent resumption of the EU facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. The Serbian government did not accept the principles that have been offered in Brussels as they did not guarantee full security to the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija and they were not enforceable.

Meeting of Serbian leadership with Serbian Patriarch

At the Serbian Patriarchate, on 8 April 2013, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, met with Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, President of Serbia; Mr. Ivica Dacic, Prime Minister of the Government of Serbia and Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, First Vice President of the Government of Serbia. The members of the Holy Synod of Bishops attended the meeting, Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Irinej of Backa, Jovan of Sumadija and Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej sends greetings to Christians who celebrate Easter according to Gregorian calendar

On the occasion of the forthcoming Easter holidays which Western Christians celebrate according to the Gregorian calendar, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch conveyed greetings to the heads of Western Rite Churches: His Holiness Pope Francis (see link), Archbishop of Canterbury His Mercy Bishop Justin Welby, the chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany Dr. Nicholas Schneider, as well as dignitaries of other Protestant Churches in the world.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej sent the most cordial greetings to dignitaries and believers of the traditional Churches and religious communities in Serbia: Roman Catholic Church, Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church in Serbia, Reformed Christian Church in Serbia and Methodist Church.

Easter Greeting of Serbian Patriarch Irinej to Roman Pope

To His Holiness

Pope FRANCIS

Vatican City

At Easter time 2013

Belgrade

Your Holiness,

On the occasion of the coming Feast Day, the Glorious Resurrection of Christ our Savior, We convey to You fraternal regards and best wishes with the joyful paschal greeting:

CHRIST IS RISEN - TRULY HE IS RISEN!

The Resurrection of Christ is the Mystery anticipated for centuries, the fulfillment of the Old in the New Testament through the final renewal of the whole creation, for we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now (Rom. 8:22) for what is only New under the Sun - the Resurrection of the God-Man Jesus Christ from the dead (Mt. 28:6).

Metropolitan Amfilohije at the audience of church and religious delegations given by Roman Catholic Pope Francis

On Wednesday, 20 March, a day after the inauguration of the newly elected head of the Roman Catholic Church, His Eminence Dr. Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, along with representatives of Orthodox Churches, other Christian communities and other religious dignitaries, as the representative of the Serbian Patriarchate, attended the solemn audience given by Roman Catholic Pope Francis.