His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch thanks for Christmas greetings

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch exchanged Christmas greetings with all heads of Orthodox autocephaly and autonomous Churches, many archbishops, metropolitans and bishops. Serbian Patriarch Irinej has received lots of greetings from higher and secondary education institutions of the Serbian Orthodox Church, administrations of monasteries and many believers in the country and from the diaspora.

Not being able to individually thank everyone, he does in this way, with best wishes for every good of all the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church, by sending them a fatherly greeting  and patriarchal blessing.

First Christmas Festival of Religious Music ends in Moscow

The First Christmas Festival of Religious Music held with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia ended in Moscow on 23 January 2011. The last concert was performed at the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music.

His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus visits the Russian Orthodox Church

On January 20th, 2011, His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II of New Justiniana and All Cyprus arrived in Moscow.

Meeting the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus at the Sheremetievo airport were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations (DECR); Metropolitan Athanasius of Kyrenaica, representative of the Patriarch of Alexandria to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia; Archbishop Mark of Yegorievsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Management of Institutions Abroad; archpriest Nikolai Balashov, DECR deputy chairman; Rev. Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for Inter-Orthodox relations; H.T. Petros Kestoras, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cyprus to the Russian Federation; and Prof. Valery Alekseyev, president of the International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations.

Primate of the Orthodox Church in America visited Moscow Patriarch and Russian Orthodox Church

On January 20th, 2011, His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah o All America and Canada, currently on a visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, arrived in the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius.

The Primate of the Orthodox Church in America was met at the gates by Archbishop Yevgeniy of Vereya, rector of the Moscow Theological Schools. Metropolitan Jonah venerated the relics of St. Sergius of Radonezh in the Cathedral of the Trinity and other holy sites of the Laura, and saw the exhibits of the Church Archeological Museum at the Moscow Theological Academy.

Commemoration of the victims of the Novi Sad massacre

At the Raid Victims Quay in Novi Sad, on January 23, 2011 in the organization of the Orthodox Diocese of Backa and Jewish municipality of Novi Sad, a commemoration of the victims of this city who were killed by the Hungarian occupation forces on this day 69 years ago. The commemoration with the concelebration of Bishop Porfirije of Jegar and priests of Novi Sad, was served by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa.