President of the Republic of Srpska Mr. Milorad Dodik met with His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch on 20 April 2013 in Banjaluka. President of the Republic of Srpska emphasized that cooperation of the institutions of the Republic of Srpska and the Serbian Orthodox Church was very good, and there were ways to extend further this cooperation. One way is with joint forces of the states and the Church, more attention to focus on the construction of schools, kindergartens and geriatric centers.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received His Grace Bishop Dr. Franja of Banja Luka accompanied by Vicar general of Belgrade Archbishop f. Leopold Rochmes on 15 April 2013 at the Serbian Patriarchate.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch met with Mr. Zoran Marinkovic, Consul General of the Republic of Serbian in Australia, on 16 April 2013.
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.
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.
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 calendar1. April 2013 - 12:23
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.