Patriarch Irinej leaves for a canonical visit to the Diocese of Canada

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, left for a two-week working visit to the Diocese of Canada today, on 2 February 2016.  The Serbian Patriarch is the administrator of the Diocese of Canada since the last year’s session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops. This is the third visit of His Holiness to the Diocese of Canada.

During this visit the Patriarch will hold a regular annual assembly of the Diocese of Canada. In addition, he will visit the Church-school congregations: Saints Cyril and Methodius in Guelph, Saint George in Waterloo, Holy Archangel Michael in Richmond Hill (North Toronto), Holy Trinity in Kitchener, Holy Archdeacon Stefan in Ottawa, Saint Anthony of  Syrmium in Ottawa, Saint Sava in Winnipeg, Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher in Calgary, Saint Sava in Toronto and Saint Peter and Paul the Apostles in Oakville.

Archimandrite Sava Janjic: Reaction to the statement of Kosovo police spokesperson Mr. Baki Kelani

Reaction to the statement of Kosovo police (kp) spokesperson Mr. Baki Kelani

In his statement for local media the Kosovo police spokesperson Baki Kelani said yesterday that the armed persons who were arrested two nights ago in front of our Monastery had nothing to do with terrorism and that it was only a case of illegal weapons possession. Kelani also said that „the car with suspects had been seen much before but was stopped by police in the street, which was the most appropriate
location for the police“.

Armed islamists arrested outside Decani Monastery

Armed islamists arrested outside Decani Monastery
Armed islamists arrested outside Decani Monastery
Armed islamists arrested outside Decani Monastery
Armed islamists arrested outside Decani Monastery

Four armed Islamists have been arrested in front of the main gate to the Decani monastery and the investigation is under way, Abbot of Decani Sava Janjic told Tanjug on Sunday. The Kosovo institutions to deal with the causes of religious extremism, Head of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric said.

The four Kosovo Albanians from various parts of Kosovo-Gnjilane, Urosevac, Prizren and Djakovica- were arrested at around 9 pm on Saturday in front of the main gate to the monastery in a car with the Urosevac license plates, he specified.

St Athanasius the Great the Patriarch of Alexandria

Saint Athanasius the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria, was a great Father of the Church and a pillar of Orthodoxy. He was born around the year 297 in the city of Alexandria into a family of pious Christians. He received a fine secular education, but he acquired more knowledge by diligent study of the Holy Scripture. In his childhood, the future hierarch Athanasius became known to St Alexander the Patriarch of Alexandria (May 29). A group of children, which included Athanasius, were playing at the seashore. The Christian children decided to baptize their pagan playmates.

The young Athanasius, whom the children designated as “bishop”, performed the Baptism, precisely repeating the words he heard in church during this sacrament. Patriarch Alexander observed all this from a window. He then commanded that the children and their parents be brought to him. He conversed with them for a long while, and determined that the Baptism performed by the children was done according to the Church order. He acknowledged the Baptism as real and sealed it with the sacrament of Chrismation. From this moment, the Patriarch looked after the spiritual upbringing of Athanasius and in time brought him into the clergy, at first as a reader, and then he ordained him as a deacon.

Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagrеb-Ljubljana: Concerning the current attacks on the Serbian Orthodox Church

STATEMENT
Concerning the current attacks on the Serbian Orthodox Church

Regarding the media attacks of some individuals and associations on the Serbian Orthodox Church, its clergy and the faithful in Croatia, I feel an obligation to make the following statement:

The reason, but not a motive or a cause, for brutal, unprecedented attacks and calls for lynching of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Croatia in recent years, are to be found in a recording created many years ago, during my visit to believers in Chicago, where, as a guest, I was not able to affect all the circumstances. Because of all those who have been in any way affected or felt offended, especially after the abuse and manipulation of the content of the recording by some media, I express my sincere and deep human regret.

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SYNAXIS OF THE PRIMATES OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHES
Chambésy, 21-28, 2016

C O M M U N I Q U É

At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Synaxis of Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches took place at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva, from 21st to 28th January, 2016.

The following Primates attended:

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria
Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow
Patriarch Irinej of Serbia
Patriarch Daniel of Romania
Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria
Patriarch Ilia of Georgia
Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus
Archbishop Anastasios of Albania
Archbishop Rastislav of the Czech Lands and Slovakia

The following Primates were unable to attend: Their Beatitudes Patriarch John X of Antioch and Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland, for health reasons, and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, for personal reasons. Nevertheless, all three were represented by official delegations of their Churches.