His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Sinisa Mali with associates at the Serbian Patriarchate on 10 November 2015.
During the meeting they discussed common tasks which the Board of Directors of the Patriarchate and the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac have with city services and public enteprises of the City of Belgrade on the completion of the works on the Saint Sava Cathedral and on the construction of new churches on the territory of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac.
The Serbian Orthodox Church welcomes the decision of UNESCO which rejected the proposal to receive so-called Kosova into its organization. The entire time Serbia and the Serbian Orthodox Church sought for the delaying of this debate in order to avoid unnecessary political confrontation, but since Serbia's request was denied voting took place which showed that there was no readiness in UNESCO to make hasty political decisions which endanger the safety of the Cultural heritage and the dialogue that Belgrade is already leading with Pristina.
It is obvious that the issue of the spiritual and cultural heritage can not be solved through politicization, particularly in a situation where, after the war in Kosovo and Metohija, so many Christian Orthodox shrines and cemeteries were destroyed. Confidence has to be built through deeds, not words, and certainly not negating the very difficult situation in which our faithful people and our holy sites have been living in for many years after the war in Kosovo and Metohija.
A great friend of the Serbian people and the Serbian Orthodox Church His Eminence Metropolitan Barnabas of Neapolis-Stauropolis arrived to Belgrade on 5 November 2015.
His Grace Vicar Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, with the blessing of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, welcomed His Eminence at the airport Nikola Tesla. The high guest was escorted by protopresbyters Nicholas Kalaidzides and Leones Ephremides, hierodeacon Panteleimonos Anastasiades, secretary of the Metropolis; personal secretary Mr. Chrysostomos Tiris and priest Aleksandar Pavlovic.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Kosovo and the chief of UNMIK Mr. Zahir Tanin at the Serbian Patriarchate on 4 November 2015.
The meeting was attended by representative of UN Secretary General to Belgrade Mrs. Simona-Mirela Miculescu and members of the Holy Synod of Bishops – Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren.
Bishop Irinej writes to Ministers of Australia and New Zealand on preventing admission of “Kosovo” to UNESCO membership5. November 2015 - 8:55
Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand writes to Foreign Ministers Julia Bishop of Australia and Murray McCully of New Zealand on preventing admission of “Kosovo” to UNESCO membership
On 30th October 2015, writing on behalf of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church and their substantial Serbian communities, especially in Australia and New Zealand to The Honourable Foreign Ministers Julia Bishop of Australia and Murray McCully of New Zealand, Bishop Irinej urged them and their respective governments, in the strongest possible terms, to assist in preserving, without compromise, our Serbian cultural and spiritual patrimony of Kosovo-Metohija, by preventing the admission of “Kosovo” to the membership of UNESCO.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, visited the city of Nis and the Diocese of Nis on 3 November 2015. о је 3. новемнра 2015. године град Ниш и Епархију нишку.
His Holiness was welcomed by His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, deputy of the Bishop of Nis in serving as Diocesan bishop, with priests and believers. Following the warm welcome there was a doxology at the Cathedral church of the Decent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.