The Official Receptions in the Patriarchate Court

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia received today, at the court of the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, Her Highness Princess Elizabeth Karadjordjevic with her companion. Also, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, in the presence of His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, received in separate meetings Their Excellencies Mr. Georgi Dimitrov, Ambassador of Bulgaria, and Mr. Andrzej Jasionowski, Ambassador of Poland.

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton visits the monastery of Decani

His Grace Vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan, with protosyngellos Sava (Janjic) and hieromonk Andrej (Sajc) received today at Visoki Decani Monastery Високу High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton. Lady Ashton was accompanied by : Yves de Kermabon (Head of EULEX), Pierre Mirel (EC Director for Western Balkans), Robert Cooper (Director-General for External and Politico-Military Affairs at the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU), Dimitris Moshopoulos (head of Greek office in Prishtina and newly appointed EU special adviser for the issues of Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo) with associates.

Financial committee of the Holy Synod continuing work in Gracanica Monastery

Starting today, the financial committee of the Holy Synod is continuing its work in Gracanica Monastery in order to thoroughly verify all aspects of the financial operations of the previous diocesan administration and to prepare a comprehensive report for the next session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops. At the same time, finances, personal accounts and illegally acquired property of the closest associates of Bishop Artemije are under investigation by the Serbian police. Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic told Tanjug yesterday that "the public be informed very soon" about the results of the investigation.

Patriarch Irinej of Serbia serves in Vavedenje Monastery

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia served today the Holy Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at the Vavedenje monastery in Belgrade. After nuns and lots of people receive the sacrament, His Holiness consecrated wheat in the glory and honor of St. Theodore of Amasea and held a sermon with an interpretation of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.

Presentation of Vuk Award in the Belgrade City Assembly

His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno attended a formal presentation of the Vuk Award at the City Assembly in Belgrade. After he conveyed a blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, Bishop pointed out that the Church always blessed creativity and work in favor of the general benefit of the people and the fatherland.

"Truth does not fear dialogue," says Ecumenical Patriarch

Indifference in regard to Christian unity is not an option for the disciples of Jesus, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated in an encyclical issued on the occasion of the Sunday of Orthodoxy.

"It is not possible for the Lord to agonize over the unity of His disciples and for us to remain indifferent about the unity of all Christians," Bartholomew wrote in the encyclical. The Sunday of Orthodoxy is commemorated this year on 21 February.

The encyclical refutes "fanatical" challenges brought against theological dialogues among different Orthodox churches and against ecumenical contacts with the wider community of Christians by "certain circles that exclusively claim for themselves the title of zealot and defender of Orthodoxy."