His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox faithful worldwide, welcomed His Holiness Pope Francis at Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul.
"Your Holiness, beloved brother in Christ, we welcome you with great joy, esteem and love. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord," said Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on greeting the Pope.
New Director of the Russian House in Belgrade Mrs. Nadezhda Viktorovna Kushenykova visited today Serbian Patriarch Irinej regarding the commencement of her mandate in this institution.
The meeting was attended also by protopresbyter-stavrophor Vitaly Tarasyev, the head of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade. Mrs. Kushenykova informed His Holiness about plans and program of the Russian House in the forthcoming period and asked His Holiness for the blessing for their realization, for which she hopes will be one more bridge between our two close and spiritually related peoples.
On Tuesday, 25 November 2014, His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana paid an official visit to President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia Mr. Zoran Milanovic.
During cordial talks, which were held at the palace of the Government in Zagreb, Prime Minister Milanovic congratulated His Eminence Porfirije on his election as Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana and wished him successful administration of the Diocese which had been entrusted to him, for the benefit of all the members of the Serbian Orthodox community.
On Sunday, 24th after Pentecost, His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Ljubljana.
The Metropolitan was concelebrated by Archimandrite Danilo, hieromonk Vitaly from the Russian Orthodox Church, protopresbyter-stavrophor Peran Boskovic, hieromonk Nikon, presbyter Aleksandar Obradovic, presbyter Dejan Mandic and deacons Dragan Radic and Zoran Radic. Many believers of the parish of Ljubljana fulfilled this beautiful church. Along with the choir of this church, students of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade brightened up with their liturgical chanting this liturgical gathering. Along with their professors Dr. Nenad Milosevic and Dr. Dragan Karan, these students are paying a visit to the Metropolitanate of Zagreb-Ljubljana. The guests are accompanied by monk Nikodim from the monastery of Saint Paul from Mount Athos.
The Thronal Feast of the monastery of Kovilj - Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers was celebrated with the solemn liturgical gathering on Friday, 21 November 2014.
His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana officiated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa, hieromonk Isihije, Archimandrite Danilo (Ljubotina), brotherhood of the monastery of Kovilj and deacons of Novi Sad. The monks of the Kovilj Monastery sang responses along with students of the church singing school, led by archdeacon Jerotej.