With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Amfilohije of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, locum tenens of the Patriarchate throne, from December 26, 2009 until January 3, 2010 in Belgrade for the second time, the Christmas Fair will be held as a part of the Christmas-Epiphany gatherings.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served with the blessing of the Locum tenens of the Patriarchate throne of Pec Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on a feast day of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple , on Friday December 4, 2009 at the Seminary of St. Sava in Belgrade.
His Grace vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Locum tenens of the Patriarch's throne, will serve the Divine Liturgy on Saturday December 5, 2009, at the Church of the Holy Trinity of the Podvorye of the Russian Patriarchate in Belgrade, beginning at 9.30 am. On this occasion Patriarchs Pavle of Serbia and Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia will be mentioned in prayers.
On December 2, 2009 at the premises of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade there was a working meeting of Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Dragan Djilas and Chairman of the religious education of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac, His Grace Bishop Atanasije (Rakita) of Hvosno accompanied by his personal secretary Mr. Zoran Jurisic. Besides Mayor on the meeting were Zoran Alimpic, Deputy President of the City of Belgrade, and Vladimir Todic, City Secretary for Education as well as presbyter Aleksandar Djakovac, coordinator for religious education with two two catechists.
His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received warm, fraternal greetings from Pope Benedict XVI on November 30th, the Feastday of the Ecumenical Throne, of St. Andrew the First-Called Disciple.
The Pope's message was delivered to the Ecumenical Patriarch by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, during the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George. The Vatican delegation also included Bishop Brian Farrell, Fr. Vladimiro Caroli, Fr. Andrea Palmieri, and Archbishop Antonio Lucibello, the apostolic nuncio in Ankara.