Mr. Tomislav Nikolic,
President of Serbia
Mr. Ivica Dacic,
President of the Government of Serbia
Mr. Aleksandar Vucic,
First Vice President of the Government of Serbia
Esteemed Mr. President,
Еsteemed Mr. Prime Minister,
Еsteemed Mr. First Vice President of the Government,
In this, for both Serbia and the Serbian people very difficult and crucial – and perhaps fateful moment, we address you on behalf of the Serbian Orthodox Church in fatherly and brotherly manner, with respect and trust in Your Orthodox Christian conscience and in Your sense of patriotism and the state responsibility. We do not address you in an ordinary way, but by this public appeal, and we do it for many reasons, of which two are the most important - shortness of time (the Brussels’ ultimatum expires as early as Tuesday) and a need to refute, in the most obvious manner, the impudent lie which has been shared for the last few days by certain people and media about the silence of our Church regarding Kosovo (!).
Many Belgraders with books in their hands gathered on April 6th, 2013 at Kosancicev Venac, when the National Library of Serbia was completely destroyed and burnt in Nazi bombing 72 years ago. Besides Minister of Culture and Information Mr. Bratislav Petkovic, at the site there were His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, the head of the Lubrary of the Serbian Patriarchate Mr. Zoran Nedeljkovic, head of the National Library of Serbia Mr. Dejan Ristic, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps, foreign cultural centers and cultural institutions.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received on April 4, 2013 at the Serbian Patriarchate Mr. Dragan Djilas, the mayor of the capital of Serbia. The meeting was attended by His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, the head of the Administration Office of the Patriarchate protopresbyter-stavrophor Stojadin Pavlovic, adviser to mayor Mr. Mladjan Djordjevic, legal adviset in Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovci Mr. Bogoljub Cvetinovic, and Mr. Slobodan Gavrilovic.
Thursday the 28th of February marked the official opening of the academic year at St Andrew's GreekOrthodoxTheologicalCollege in Sydney. For the twenty-eighth consecutive year, the traditional Doxology Service was celebrated in the College Chapel of St John the Evangelist and Theologian by the Dean, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia, in the presence of His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias, College Sub-Dean, as well as His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis, amongst faculty members, staff, alumni, students and guests, including Mr Stan Palassis and Dr Theo Penklis (members of the College Council).
The delegation of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of Saint Basil of Ostrog, led by its dean protopresbyter-stavrophor Boris Brajovic, paid an official visit to the Kiev Theological Academy and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Kiev.
On Friday, 29 March 2013, the delegation met with the dean of the Kiev Theological Academy and Seminary His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Borispol. The delegations discussed the ways of cooperation and improvement of the relations between the two faculties. The first vice chancellor of the Kiev Spiritual Academy Vladimir Burega and professor of the Faculty of Theology in Foca Darko Djogo were also attended at the meeting.