His Grace Bishop Antonije of Moravica, Vicar of Serbian Patriarch and the dean of the Representation of the Serbian Patriarchate in Moscow, on behalf of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, visited yesterday His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, who is staying at the Novodevichy Monastery in St. Petersburg for medical treatment.
Under the auspeces of the Orthodox Diocese of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral, the second annual Symposion „Theology in Public Life” was held in Trebinje on February 6-7.
This significant conference was opened by welcome speeches of His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Roman Catholic Bishop of Dubrovnik Monsignor Mate Uzinic and Mr. Andrej Jeftic, Lecturer at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade. Participants of the Symposion, that has become traditional, were eminent theologians from the region, as well as historians, philosophers, literary theorists, economists, artists, actors and film directors, etc. During four panel discussions they exchanged views on the Ukrainian crisis, Christianity and economic justice in (neo)liberal capitalism, relations between Christianity and literature, as well as connections between film and Liturgy. Within the conference, a promotion of a collection of presentations held at the first Symposion was organized in the Museum of Herzegovina.
On February 8, 2015, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Archbishop Jovan (Vraniskovski) of Ohrid arrived in Russia for medical treatment.
At Sheremetjevo airport, Archbishop Jovan was met by Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, and A. Khoshev, DECR secretariat for inter-Orthodox relations.
At Hofburg Palace the solemn reception was prepared in honour of the high state visit of President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday, 29 January 2015, at 7 p.m.
The host of the reception was Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Austria Mr. Sebastian Kurz. His Grace Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland, along with the clergy of the city of Vienna, also participated in the reception. Among attendes there were also: a lot of famous people from the public, cultural and political life of the Republic of Austria and the Republic of Serbia, representatives of the diplomatic corps, eminent public representatives of the Serbian diaspora in Austria and other high guests.
Statement by the Communication Service of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations and the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
On February 2, 2015, in compliance with the ruling of the Skopje Court, Archbishop Jovan (Vraniskovsky) of Ohrid, a hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, was released from the Idrizovo prison.