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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


Vatican City

At Easter time 2013


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:


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.

Enthronement of the head of the Anglican Church in Canterbury

Justin Welby was enthroned on 21 March 2013 as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and the head of the Anglican community of 85 million adherents. More than 2000 guests from all over the world attended the ceremony

The enthronement of Archbishop Justin Welby took place on March 21, 2013, at Canterbury. The solemn ceremony was held at the medieval cathedral founded by St. Augustine of Canterbury in 597.

Prince Charles with Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, Prime Minister David Cameron, high officials, prelates of the Anglican Church and numerous guests from various parts of the world attended.

New Head of the Roman Catholic Church enthroned

New Head of the Roman Catholic Church enthroned
New Head of the Roman Catholic Church enthroned
New Head of the Roman Catholic Church enthroned
New Head of the Roman Catholic Church enthroned

The newly elected head of the Roman Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Francis (lat. Franciscus, ital. Francesco), was enthroned at the Saint Peter's Cathedral.

The solemn ceremony of the enthronement, on behalf of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, was attended by the high delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church led by His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral.

Greetings of Serbian Patriarch Irinej to the newly-elected Pope

His Holiness
Pope  F R A N C I S 

Vatican City

Your Holiness,

Filled with the spiritual joy on the occasion of Your election as the new Bishop of the ancient and glorious city of Rome – The Head of all Roman-Catholics throughout the world, We extend to You Our sincere congratulations.

God’s will is that all nations may know the One who is the true Way, Truth and Life – the only One who lovest mankind, Lord Jesus Christ. He, being the Savior of the World and the Deliverer from the darkness of sins, in Your personality acquires a new spiritual petitioner before His Throne.

Your priestly service will be followed by a great burden of tribulations of this world – measuring humanly perhaps immeasurable. However, we are all invited to follow Christ’s commandment: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Mt. 11:29-30)

The authorities are not bringing Archbishop Jovan to trial for more than three months!

On March 12, 2013, one year and three months are concluded since Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje is found in detention!

The last court hearing in the latest staged court process on religious grounds against the Archbishop, the Bishops, monastics and faithful people of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric was held on December 11, 2012.

Despite the recommendations by the European Union for not prolonging the court proceedings, this process has been persistently delayed; namely, it was first scheduled for January 16, 2013, but it was cancelled! Then, also the hearing scheduled for February 20, 2013 was cancelled. Archbishop Jovan is in detention, the Bishops, monastics and the faithful people are regularly reporting to the court, hence they are not the reason for the delaying of the court process!