Interreligious Meeting Between Christians and Muslims in Athens
On behalf of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), intergovernmental organization by the Republic of Austria, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Spain, together with the Holy See as Founding Observer, in cooperation with the Ecumenical Patriarchate and under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Secretary General KAICIID Dialogue Centre, Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel invited the Serbian Patriarch Irinej to participate in the international conference "Supporting Citizenship Rights and Peaceful Coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East". His Grace John, Bishop of Slavonia and Aleksandar M. Prascevic, a staff member of the Holy Synod of Bishops responsible for the Department for Inter-church relations, are appointed as representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church for this international and interreligious meeting.
The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Fair Oaks, CA, has once again concluded a true celebration in honor of Its Protectress - this year with Bishop Justin of Zhicha, Bishop Maxim of the Western America, Fr Stamatis Skliris from Athens, Fr. Hilarion, Fr. Dane Popovic, Fr. William Weir and Deacon Dragan Stojanovich from Jackson, California.
May God Grant Many Years to each person who assisted in preparation for this historical celebration.
Religious leaders from Christian and Muslim communities in the Middle East will gather in Athens in September to discuss plans to better support the citizenship rights of Christian, other religious and ethnic groups in Iraq and Syria.
At the invitation of the Secretary General of the Intergovernmental organization of Republic of Austria, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kingdom of Spain, the Dialogue Center KAICIID based in Vienna and headed by Mr. Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Slavonia and Mr. Aleksandar Prascevic, officer of the Holy Synod of Bishops in the Department for interreligious affairs, will represent the Serbian Orthodox Church in the work of the interreligious forum which, in cooperation with the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Greece, is held from 2 - 3 September 2015 in Athens on the theme: Supporting civil rights and peaceful coexistence of Christians and Muslims in the Middle East – challenges, practice and open issues.
Exactly five years ago, on the eve of the Lord's great Feast of the Holy Transfiguration in 2010 the great man and respected hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Christopher Kovacevic reposed in the Lord. He spent his last days at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville. He lived in this monastery for over twenty years. He passed away in his room, on his bed, surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
In late afternoon hours on 18 August 2015, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, was solemnly welcomed at the Krka Monastery of Holy Archangel Michael.
After the solemn feast day’s Vesper service in the monastery church in prayerful presence of bishops, priests, monks and faithful people of Dalmatia, His Holiness Irinej delivered san opening address at the solemn academy on the occasion of four centuries since the founding of the Seminary of Holy Three Hierarchs.