A regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops has began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Belgrade Cathedral church led by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia with the concelebration of all Bishops of our Holy Church.
Under the auspices of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodoros II and in collaboration with the Roman Catholic Missionary Community of St. Egidio, International Conference under the title: "Saint Mark, the Apostle of Christianity in Egypt", will be held at the Seat of the Patriarchate on 24 April, on the occasion of St. Mark's celebration.
Conference's goal is to trace and evaluate the life and work of the Apostle and Evangelist St. Mark, the founder of the Alexandrian Church. Particular emphasis will be given to the role played by St. Mark in the propagation and consolidation of Christianity in Egypt, as well as in the historical development of the Alexandrian Church. Moreover it will be examined the framework that enabled Apostle Mark to write the most ancient of the four Gospels, known as the Gospel of Jesus Christ's miracles, as well as the impact that his Gospel exercised in spreading the Christian message in world level. Finally it will be presented the diachronic contribution of Apostle and Evangelist Mark in molding the spiritual and missionary activity of the Alexandrian Throne in the African continent.
His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand served on Sunday 25, 2010 the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the chapel of St. John the Theologian at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the Belgrade University. In his sermon he pointed out that whenever he came in Serbia it brought him pleasure to serve in this place. He advised students to learn hard and fulfill their duties because they are the future of our Church.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, during his primatial visit to Azerbaijan, attended a meeting of the CIS Interreligious Council, which took place on 25 April 2010 at the Caucasus Muslim Board. Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshuqur Pasha-zade, chairman of the Caucasus Muslim Board, made introductory remarks. The participants honoured with a silence minute the memory of the late Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia.
On the occasion of the recently held Easter concert in Sava Center, the first under the auspices of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, on april 22, 2010 at the Court of the Serbian Patriarchate, a formal reception was held as the token of thanksgiving of His Holiness to the all who contributed to the successful realization of the concert - artists, benefactors and organizers.