Bishop Jovan of Ulpiana, a vicar of His Holiness Patriarch of Serbia, accompanied a Serbian team to the 14thFAI World Para-Ski Championship held in Kuzbass on 11-16 March 2014. He was invited by the Para-Ski Federation of the Kemerovo region and Metropolitan Aristarkh of Kemerovo and Prokopievsk with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. At the opening ceremony, Bishop Jovan made a parachute jump.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Professor Dr. Dragan Vukanic, State Secretary at the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia today, on March 14th, 2014.
The audience was held in the presence of protopresbyter-stavrophor Dragan Pavlovic and presbyter Ivan Strbacki, parish priests of the church of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist at the Central cemetary in Belgrade.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. Gela Valiyev, Director of the international company Roslav at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 12 March 2014. Mr. Valiyev was accompanied by Mr. Zahariy Valiyev, priest Aleksandar Obradovic, dean of the church of Sts. Cyrril and Methodius in Ljubljana, as well as f. Dejan Mandic, parish priest of Ljubljana.
The representatives of the company Roslav, already known for their engagement in aiding the Serbian Orthodox Church in Slovenia, on this occasion asked him for a blessing for a further engagement of their company in this region. They also asked His Holiness to bless their intention to help, within their capabilities, the restoration of the Patriarchal residence in Belgrade.
On March 11, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia led the 14th annual ceremony of awarding the Patriarch Alexy II Prize of the Unity of Orthodox Nations International Public Foundation granted for “outstanding work to consolidate the unity of Orthodox nations and to promote Christian values in the life of society”.
The 2013 winners of the prize are Mr. Milorad Dodik, President of the Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the Day of the Baptism of Rus’, an international public organization, Ukraine, and the Fellowship of Orthodox Youth in Poland.
Message of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches
(Phanar, March 6-9, 2014)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Through the grace of God, the Primates of the Most Holy Autocephalous Orthodox Churches, to the Orthodox faithful throughout the world, all of our Christian brothers and sisters as well as every person of goodwill: we extend God’s blessing and our greeting of love and peace.
“We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith, labor of love, and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess. 1.2-3)
By the grace of God, the proceedings of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches concluded today, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
The Synaxis took place at the Phanar from 6-9 March, 2014, at the invitation and under the presidency of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and was attended by all the most venerable Primates in person, with the exception of His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch, who, due to illness, was represented by Hierarchs of his Church.