Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow receives Secretary General of the World Council of Churches

In Moscow, on June 28,2010, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Dr Olav Fyske Tveit, the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches (WCC). His Holiness explained to Dr Tveit why Orthodox are alienated from the ecumenical organisation. Patriarch Kirill said that the WCC is in the midst of a protracted crisis, according to the MP official website. He believes that it is caused by the contradiction between a declared desire for Christian unity and the exacerbation of differences among Christians on some questions, particularly in the area of morality. The Patriarch said that attempts to alter the rules of Christian morality within some Protestant communities contribute to the alienation of the Orthodox from the WCC. Orthodox must attend to such currents; otherwise, it would be a departure from the truth and become the grounds for contention amongst the Local Orthodox Churches.

150 years of the Serbian Orthodox Church Community in Vienna

His Grace Bishop Dr Irinej of Backa, as an envoy of His Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch and the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, is in a visit to the Church Community in Vienna on the occasion of hundred and fifty years since its foundation.

Reception of evangelical priests from Switzerland in the Serbian Patriarchate

His Holiness Patriarch IRINEJ of Serbia received today in the Patriarchate chapel of St. Symeon the Myrrh-Gusher a delegation of evangelical vicar priests led by the Revd Hans Strub. The reception was attended Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Vicar of Patriarch. The reception and the arrival of the evangelical priests was organized by M.Sc. Sasa Branisavljevic, who is preparing his doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of the Theology of the University of Zurich.

Children's Summer Camp


This coming camp season our wonderful and exciting annual St Sava Children's Summer Camp will be held at the historic and beautiful St Sava Monastery in Elaine, Victoria.

His Grace our Bishop Irinej, together with the newly-formed Federation of the Circles of Serbian Sisters one in common to both our Serbian Orthodox Dioceses in Australia and New Zealand, most cordially invite all of our Serbian children and their friends to come together for an enjoyable week of prayer, classes, art, sports, fun and good food at our holy Monastery!

Bishop Irinej participates in ‘2010 Make it Count’

A gathering of many of Australia's most senior church and denominational leaders – rarely paralleled in the nation's history – on Monday, 21 June 2010 heard both Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott speak of the valuable contribution the Christian faith has made to the nation and also respond to Christian concerns on issues ranging from indigenous welfare, refugees and climate change to marriage, chaplaincy and the deplored sexualisation of children.

The '2010 Make it Count' event, hosted by the ACL, was web-cast live to tens of thousands of Christians meeting in hundreds of churches across Australia.

It saw both the Opposition Leader and the then Prime Minister speak of their commitment to improving the lot of indigenous people and acknowledging Australia's responsibility to provide protection for genuine refugees while defending their differing border protection policies.

Exhibition "Serbia - the cultural bond of the East and the West" opens in Vienna

In the Erzbischöfliches Palais (Archbishop's palace) in Vienna the exhibition "Serbia - the cultural bond of the East and the West" was opened last night. At the formal opening speeches were given by sponsors of the exhibition, presidents of Austrian and Serbia, Heinz Fischer and Boris Tadic, also the host of the exhibition, Roman Catholic Archishop, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, and on behalf of the SOC, Bishop Irinej of Backa, the member of the Holy Synod of Bishop.

Serbian Patriarch IRINEJ in Krusevac

His Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch, on the way to Gracanica, visited Krusevac on June 27, 2010 where he served the Divine Liturgy in the youngest church of Krusevac, the church of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos, with the concelebration of priesthood of Krusevac and archimandrite Aleksej (Bogicevic), and in the presense of the mayor and other city representatives.