Reconstruction begins in Kraljevo

During the week of 11-16 August 2014, International Orthodox Christian Charities—IOCC, working with the Red Cross of Kraljevo and on behalf of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church, initiated a reconstruction programme in Kraljevo, in Grdica Village. This affected local population largely consists of those exiled from their native Kosovo. In 2010 they were near devastated by the earthquake and now are attempting to rebuild their homes and lives following the spring floods of 2014.    

Centenary of Battle of Cer

The decisive stage of the Battle of Cer, which ended as the first major Allied victory in World War I - and one that was won by the Serbian forces - took place in the night between August 15 and 16, 1914.

The fact that tiny Serbia managed to defeat the Austro-Hungarian troops so comprehensively at Cer despite being at a great disadvantage in every sense was met with shock and disbelief in Vienna and Berlin, as well as with jubilation among the Allies, and Serbia's reputation grew unexpectedly.

Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovitsy and Bukovina elected Primate of the Ukranian Orthodox Church

On August 13, 2014, the Bishops’ Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which took place at the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, elected Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina, Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See of Kiev, as Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The Council was attended by 82 bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church including 52 diocesan bishops, 22 suffragan bishops, and 8 (out of 9) supernumerary bishops.

Vienna: Bishop Andrej visits Metropolitan Arsenios

His Grace Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland visited His Eminence Metropolitan Arsenios (Ecumenical Patriarchate) in Vienna on 11 August 2014. 

Hierarchs discussed about actual topics of the Orthodox Church in this region of the Orthodox diaspora, at the Metropolitan's residence in Vienna. Metropolitan Arsenios and Bishop Andrej exchanged views on the mutual mission and cooperation. The most important topic of the talks was the cooperation at the Orthodox Episcopal Conference of Austria. 

Consecration and the enthronement of Bishop Ilarion of Timok

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch performed the rite of consecration during the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy, and introduced Bishop Ilarion, the former head of the Monastery of Bukovo to the throne of Bishops of Timok at the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Mother of God in Zajecar.

At the Divine Liturgy His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej was concelebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops: Justin of Zica, Policarp of Belogradcisce (Bulgarian Patriarchate), Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Marko of Bregalnica and Antonije of Moravica, then, archimandrites, elected bishops Arsenije of Toplica and Jeronim of Jegar, as well as protopresbyter-stavrophor Anastasios Koropulu, dean of the church of Holy Apostle Thomas in Athens. Also, many monks and priests from other Local Orthodox Churches concelebrated. Their Graces Bishop Irinej of Backa, Pahomije of Vranje, David of Krusevac and elected Bishop Jovan of Slavonia prayerfully participated in the Liturgy.

Proclamation of Bishop Ilarion of Timok

Proclamation of Bishop Ilarion of Timok
Proclamation of Bishop Ilarion of Timok
Proclamation of Bishop Ilarion of Timok
Proclamation of Bishop Ilarion of Timok

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the rite of the proclamation of the elected Bishop of Timok, Archimandrite Ilarion, former head of the monastery of Bukovo at the Cathedral church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Zajecar.

His Holiness was concelebrated by Their Graces Bishops: Justin of Zica, Policarpos of Belogradcisce (Bulgarian Patriarchate), Irinej of Backa, Pahomije of Vranje, Marko of Bregalnica, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, elected Sergije of Middle Europe and Antonije of Moravica.