Honourable Mr. President,
Let me congratulate You in my name and on behalf of the Diocese of Dalmatia on the recent election to the high office of the President of the Republic of Croatia with a desire to long and successfully perform this delicate and responsible duty.
The reason of our written address to You is meritorious and honest need to point You at the possible danger of announced creation of the so-called Croatian Orthodox community and the yesterday's announcement in Zadar, that a so-called Croatian Orthodox Church will be soon formed. All this mentioned might seem completely unnecessary, and even our own concern about the formation of these associations, as we are witnesses that in democratic societies various associations are popping up like mushrooms after rain. However, it seems to us that in this case, however, is about something else and it is not so harmless.
News that yesterday in Zadar (12.03.2010) was an announcement on the establishment of the so-called "Croatian Orthodox Church" caused anxiety for the clergy and the Orthodox Serbs in Croatia. It is known that the HOC was formed in 1942 in the time of the fascist and Ustashe regime of Ante Pavelic in the NDH (Independent State of Croatia). Then the Pavelic's regime committed genocide against the Serbian, Jewish and Roma people in the NDH, and the goal of the phantom HOC was to destroy every trace of existence of the Orthodoxy and the Orthodox Serbs in this region.
The Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian people have been living for centuries in the region of Dalmatia, as it is evident and confirmed the best by its parish churches and monasteries, which were built between XIII to XV century and represent a significant cultural heritage, which as such, is under the protection of the competent institutions of the Croatian state.
On the Forth Sunday of Lent, on March 14, 2010, His Holiness Bishop Fotije of Dalmatia served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at St. Archangel's Krka Monastery . During the sermon he pointed out the significance of the achievement and repentance, and particularly the participation in the Holy Eucharist through receiving sacrament with the Body and Blood of Christ.
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia served on March 14, 2010 the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos in Belgrade. Receiving of Holy Sacraments was attended by lots of youngest parishioners, their parents and the faithful people of the capital.
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia presented today, on March 12, 2010, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, to Professor Dr. Afksendyios Kalangos from Geneva the Order of St. Sava of the First Degree. The highest distinction of our Holy Church was given to professor Kalangos in the presence of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, a member of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Protopresbyter-Staurophor Sava Jovic, the Secretary General of the Holy Synod of Bishops, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic and Crown Princess Katherine, and members of the Crown Council, Messrs Dragomir Acovic and academician Matija Beckovic.
Yesterday in the Patriarchal court, presided by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia , the first session of the Committee for marking 60 years since death of the Serbian Patriarch Gavrilo Dozic (1881-1950).