Roman Catholic Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Luciano Suriani, delegate for papal diplomatic representations, as apostolic nuncio in Serbia.
H.E. Archbishop Luciano Suriani, titular Archbishop of Amiternum was born in Atessa (Chieti, Italy) on January 11, 1957. On August 5, 1981 ordained Priest.Doctor of Canon Law. Entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on June 1, 1990. Since then, he served at the Pontifical Representations in Côte d’Ivoire and in Switzerland. From July 1995 to August 2004 served at the Section for Relations with States of the Vatican Secretariat of State and, at the end, for 4 years at the Apostolic Nunciature in Italy.
This glorious saint, celebrated even today throughout the entire world, was the only son of his eminent and wealthy parents, Theophanes and Nona, citizens of the city of Patara in Lycia. Since he was the only son bestowed on them by God, the parents returned the gift to God by dedicating their son to Him.
St. Nicholas learned of the spiritual life from his uncle Nicholas, Bishop of Patara, and was tonsured a monk in the Monastery of New Zion founded by his uncle. Following the death of his parents, Nicholas distributed all his inherited goods to the poor, not keeping anything for himself. As a priest in Patara, he was known for his charity, even though he carefully concealed his charitable works, fulfilling the words of the Lord: Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth (Matthew 6:3).When he gave himself over to solitude and silence, thinking to live that way until his death, a voice from on high came to him: ``Nicholas, for your ascetic labor, work among the people, if thou desirest to be crowned by Me.'' Immediately after that, by God's wondrous providence, he was chosen archbishop of the city of Myra in Lycia. Merciful, wise and fearless, Nicholas was a true shepherd to his flock.
His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, as the administrator of the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America of the Serbian Patriarchate, visited the Argentinian province of Chaco from 27 until 30 November 2015.
The Metropolitan was accompanied by Venerable Archimandrite Kirilo (Bojovic), Bishop\s deputy of His Eminence; protodeacon Nikola Radis from Buenos Aires and protodeacon Igor Balaban. They were welcomed by the parish priest of the church of Saint Nicholas in Machagai Branko Stanisic and few Orthodox believers at the airport in Resistencia, on Friday, 27 November 2015.
Accompanied by Kiril Bojovic, Bishop’s deputy, presbyter Stefan Jovanovic and Mr. Sebastian Gvozdenovic, Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral visited General Madriaga in late afternoon, on 26 November 2015.
The Metropolitan was welcomed by the faithful from this town, although they have not had their church so-far. However, they have the National house of the Yugoslav Society “Njegos”, where the congregation gather and sometimes attend the liturgies, performed by local parish priest Stefan Jovanovic. This vesper service was celebrated at this place as well. Metropolitan Amfilohije held a sermon speaking about the significance of the church in life of each believing Christian, and called upon the present to personally engage in mission of erecting an Orthodox church in General Madriaga. After the dinner the Metropolitan returned to Buenos Aires.
The Central Church Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America held its annual meeting on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago and continued the following day with the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, on the feast of St. Mardarije of Libertyville and America and Canada.
This was the first Divine Liturgy in which the first Bishop of America and Canada, Mardarije, was commemorated after being added to the list of Saints at the regular meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops held in May.
+Mother Ana (Radetic) fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, December 12th - may her memory be eternal!