Gratitude to Russia for the donation for internal decoration of Saint Sava Memorial Cathedral in Belgrade15. November 2014 - 13:46
President of the Government of Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic received Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Serbian Patriarch Irinej in the evening of the 14th November, 2014.
The meeting of the Prime Minister and the two Patriarchs was in a cordial and friendly atmosphere, during which they indicated, among other matters, promoting of cooperation between the two Churches and strengthening of cooperation of the two countries. Mr. Vucic expressed gratitude to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia for a donation of the Government of the Russian Federation, at the order of the President Mr. Vladimir Putin, with the aim of completion of the works for internal decoration of the Saint Sava Memorial Cathedral.
President of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic has indicated today, in conversation with the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia that Christianity is facing great challenges, but the Serbian Orthodox Church has a great support in the Russian Orthodox Church, and Serbia in the Russian Federation.
Russia suffered by helping Serbia in the First World War, and one should repeat that from time to time. Russian tsar risked his state and people and entered the war for which he otherwise needed another three years of preparation, Nikolic indicated while talking about entering the Russian Empire into the Great War, when Austria-Hungary declared war to Serbia in 1914.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who has undertaken a three-day visit to the Serbian Church, received the title of Doctor honoris causa of the Belgrade University in the Solemn hall of the Rectorate on Friday, 14 November 2014. The honorary degree was awarded at the proposal of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology.
Rector of the Belgrade University Professor Dr. Vladimir Bumbusarevic handed over the honorary degree. Dean of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology Professor Dr. Predrag Puzovic exposed the life and work of Patriarch Kirill, whereas His Grace Bishop Dr. Irinej Bulovic, ordinary Professor of theology, presented reasons why the Faculty of Orthodox Theology had decided to launch a proposal for Patriarch Kirill to receive the honorary degree. He said that the Patriarch became doctor honoris causa due to his overall scientific work and contribution to improvement of theological science, especially in advocating for the establishment of close links between theology as a science and the mission of the Church in society.
Joyful rite of doxology in honour of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated at the Cathedral church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Belgrade
The doxology was celebrated by the clergy of the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovac, and during this rite the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church was standing on the Patriarchal throne in prayerful attendance of Serbian Patriarch Irinej and many bishops of the Russian and Serbian Church, with other high guests.
The primate of the Moscow Patriarchate His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill arrived with his delegation by plane at the airport “Nikola Tesla” in Belgrade on Friday, the 14th November 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
The high guest and his delegation were welcomed by the primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church His Holiness Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovac and Serbian Patriarch Irinej with an entourage consisting of the dignitaries of the Serbian Church, among them: His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral; Their Graces Bishops: Lavrentije of Sabac, Nikanor of Banat, Irinej of Backa, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, Jovan of Sumadija, Milutin of Valjevo, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, David of Krusevac, Vicar Bishops Their Graces: Antonije of Moravica and Arsenije of Toplica, as well as lots of priests.
His Holiness Ireneus, Serbian Patriarch, awarded the president of the Board of Directors of the Rosneft from Moscow, Mr. Gela Valiev, with the highest distinction of the Serbian Orthodox Church – Order of Saint Sava of the first degree.
The solemn award ceremony was attended by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops: Metropolitan Amphilochius of Montenegro and the Littoral, Bishop Theodosius of Raska-Prizren, as well as Bishops John of Slavonia and Arseny of Toplica. In the decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops it is said: The highest distinction of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Order of Saint Sava of the First Degree, is awarded to Mr. Gela Valiev for an efficient love towards the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian people.