On Saturday, February 23, 2013 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch met with Mr. Spiriodn Spiru, Governor of the Ionian Islands; Mr. Giannis Trepeklis and Mr. Kostas Aravantis, mayors of Corfu and Lefkada respectfully; accompanied by His Excellency Dimostenes Stoidis, Ambassador of Greece in Serbia and Mr. Spiros Mastoras, honorary consul of Serbia on Corfu.
Today, on 25 February 2013, audiences were held at the Serbian Patriarchate. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, met with Mr. Nikola Selakovic, Minister of Justice and Public Administration; Mrs. Gordana Stamenic, State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration, as well as with Mr. Mileta Radojevic, Director of the Office for Cooperation with Traditional Churches and Religious Communities.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej also received Her Excellency Nafsika Krusti, Ambassador of Cyprus in Belgrade.
On February 26th (February 13th according to Julian calendar) we commemorate: The Venerable Simeon (Myrrh-Gusher), from whose relics flowed myrrh – Chrism
Stefan Nemanja, the great ruler (Great Zupan) of the Serbian people, the consolidator of Serbian lands, creator of the independent Serbian state, defender of Orthodoxy and exterminator of heresy. At first, he was baptized in the Latin Church but later left this Church and embraced the Orthodox Church.
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church elected today Metropolitan Neofit of Ruse, as the new patriarch. On behalf of the Serbian Orthodox Church Bishop Jovan of Nis and Bishop Јован of Sumadia were present at the enthronement ceremony.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Vicar to Serbian Patriarch, attended the celebration regarding the second anniversary of the foundation of the University of Defense in Belgrade, on 22 February 2013.