The issue of the completion of legal proceedings in Australia is a constant concern of our Metropolitanate, one which we have at present started to actively implement. At the convocations of the Executive Board and Assembly of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand (03 to 05 September 2015) in Melbourne, the official position of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church was formulated as such that the Metropolitanate would not initiate new proceedings or continue with procedures that were stayed until the handing down of the judgment of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and adoption of a Scheme regarding the use of the New Kalenich Monastery; except in the case of an appeal, in order to defend our court victory in the process of restoring the New Kalenich Monastery to the Serbian Orthodox Church.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Dr. Nebojsa Stefanovic, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 11 April 2016.
The reception was also attended by Mr. Vladimir Bozovic, adviser to the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Ras and Prizren welcomed His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America at Gracanica Monastery during his visit to Kosovo and Metohija April 2-3, 2016.
The brother hierarchs attended Vespers at the Gracanica monastery church after which they spent time in conversation with the faithful and sisterhood of this holy monastery.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Zemun on 7 April 2016, on the feast of the Annunciation.
His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren along with abbot of the monastery protosyncellos Danilo and faithful welcomed the Prime Minister of the Government of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic at the Banjska Monastery on the 5th of April 2016
Following the tour around the church and the monastery compound, Bishop Teodosije addressed Prime Minister and the audience.
Letter of condolences to
Esteemed Mufti of Belgrade
Very Esteemed Mufti,
On the occasion of repose of the esteemed Reisul-Ulema of the Islamic Community of Serbia and longstanding Mufti of Belgrade, Hamdija Jusufspahic, and Your beloved parent, on behalf of the Serbian Orthodox Church and on Our own behalf We send Our most sincere condolences.to You, Venerable Mufti, and via Your personality to all the believers of the Islamic Community of Serbia,
The Serbian Orthodox Church had an honest friend in the person of late Mufti of blessed repose and the community gathered around him. We are especially grateful for Mufti's unreserved commitment for honest and good interpersonal relations, in particular for peace and prosperity among all the people of good will in Serbia, without exception, in one particularly challenging time for the people of Serbia.
In the person of Mufti of blessed repose the Islamic Community of Serbia has lost a great and wise man, but the consolation abides is legacy that will, we believe, continue the same way, and that is the way of peace and inter-religious understanding.
With respects towards Your respected family,