Upon the invitation of Mr. Vuk Jeremic, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, will speak at the United Nations in New York on Friday, August 6th 2013. He is also expected to meet UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch travels to the United States of America, where he is staying from 4-14 September 2013. From the States Patriarch Irinej will go to Sarajevo; where he will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at Sarajevo's Cathedral Church on the occasion of 40th anniversary of the hierarchal office of the Metropolitan Nikolaj of Dabar-Bosna. Presbyter Vladimir Vranic, officer of the Holy Synod of Bishops, will accompany Serbian Patriarch.
On December 12, 2011, His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje was imprisoned in the Idrizovo prison, near Skopje
After one year and almost nine months in a prison cell, Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid was for the first time given the opportunity for a one-time visit of his brothers Bishops of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric, in the visiting area of the Idrizovo prison.
On August 23, 2013, Their Graces, Bishop Joakim of Polog and Kumanovo and Administrator of Debar and Kicevo, Bishop Marko of Bregalnica and Administrator of Bitola and Bishop David of Stobi and Administrator of Strumica, visited His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, and had brief conversation with him, conveying to him the love, but also the plead of the faithful people, for his blessing and prayers.
Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid ensured the Bishops that he was feeling slightly better with his health, and he sends to all members of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric his archpastoral blessing, encouraging them to keep their joy always, in the various life circumstances.
The delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church that accompanies the Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovac and Serbian Patriarch consists of: His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije (Radovic) of Montenegro and the Littoral, as well as Their Graces Bishops: Irinej (Bulovic) of Backa, Longin (Krco) of New Gracanica-Midwestern America, Teodosije (Sibalic) of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, then dean of the Representation (Podvorje) of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade archpriest Vitaly Tarasyev, arhimandrite Arsenije (Glavcic), protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr. Radomir Popovic, principal of the Cetinje Seminary protopresbyter-stavrophor Gojko Perovic, as well as protodeacon Radomir Percevic and deacon Aleksandar Sekulic. The member of the delegation is also Professor Vojislav Milovanovic, chief civil engineer of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava.
Bulgarian Patriarch Neofit
On the occasion of sudden repose in the Lord of Metropolitan Kiril of Varna and Veliki Preslav, of blessed memory, who in his committed life served God (Phil 3: 10-11), We express on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as on Our own behalf , to honorable bishops, pious clergy, venerable monks and the faithful of the God-protected Bulgarian Orthodox Church Our most sincere condolences.
His eminent personality We remember most recently from Our last visit to the Georgian Orthodox Church when We had talks with His Eminence – whereas now we learn about the sad news.
We pray to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who is Resurrection and Life (John 11: 25), that He may grant eternal repose to the noble soul of Metropolitan Kiril and remember him in His Heavenly Kingdom.
Belgrade, July 10th 2013