Regarding the statement of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia in which he expresses regret and extend his apology for his reckless statement that hurted the feelings of many Muslims, Riyasah of Islamic Community of Serbia has published the following communiqué:
Only God does not sin. People make mistakes, and when they do it then they blaspheme against God. God is pleased, when a man repents and asks forgiveness. God is more pleased when one man forgives the another one, so You shall be forgiven, so as Almighty supports us not to resent each other and that our temptations of life and happiness share in peace and respect.
On the occasion of my reckless incomplete statement about the psychological profile of the Muslims, published in the daily newspaper Blic on St. Sava's day, I state that indeed it can be interpreted in the way it was understood by those Muslim believers and religious leaders who felt hurt, although I neither had such an intention nor that unfortunate statement expresses my true attitude towards Islam, based on the absolute respect of identity, dignity and integrity of Muslims as individuals, the Islamic community as a whole, and Islam as a major world religion.
Serbian President Boris Tadic talked yesterday with His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia and pointed out that the Church had an important place in our society. President and Patriarch spoke about the position of the clergy and monks of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohia, as well as on the protection of the cultural heritage in the southern province of Serbia.
The central St. Sava's Day Academy in the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral was held last night in the crypt of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica. At the beginning there was a welcoming speech of His Eminence Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije, and the gathered were also greeted by advisors to the President of Montenegro and Serbia, Sonja Tomovic Sundić and Mladjen Djordjevic.
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia held today a press conference at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade. A media interest for the speech of His Holiness was great, what one can see in the fact that forty-one media organization from our country and abroad asked for the press accreditation in the Information Service of the SOC. Addressing the media followed the talk of His Holiness with the media representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The press conference was attended by Bishop Irinej of Bachka, the member of the the Holy Synod of Bishops in charge of the information service of the SOC, and vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno.
The feast of St. Sava was formally celebrated with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of St. Sava on Vracar in Belgrade. The Holy Liturgy was served by His Grace Bishop Petar of Cleveland with the concelebration of Bishop Mitrofan of Eastern America and Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, priests and deacons.