St. Sava Order of the First Degree to the “Golden Knight” International Film Festival

At the suggestion of His Grace Bishop Dr Irinej Of Novi Sad and Backa, the Holy Synod of Bishops decided to give the highest distinction, the Order of St. Sava of the First Degree to the Golden Knight International Film Festival. This distinction is a reflection of thanksgiving to the Festival which had given an opportunity that a truth about suffering of the Serbian Church and people to be seen worldwide. On this occasion, Bishop Irinej went to Moscow in order to personally hand this highest distinction to the organizers of the “Golden Knight”.

Source: Diocese of Backa

Primates of the Orthodox Churches of Constantinople and Russia celebrate on the Day of the Holy Spirit

On Saturday, May 22, 2010, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew arrived at the Vnukovo Airport in Moscow, Russia, where he was greeted by His Beatitude Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia; Metropolitan Hilarion, Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations; together with other members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as clergy and faithful.

Monday of the Holy Spirit and celebration of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Belgrade

On behalf, and with the blessing of, His Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Vicar of Patriarch, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Holy Trinity, at the Podvorye of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade. His Grace Bishop was concelebrated by protopresbyters-staurophors Trajan Kojic, Tode Jeftenic, Radivoje Panic, head of the church and head of the Podvorye of the Moscow Patriarchat, protopresbyter Branislav Panic, presbyter Nebojsa Topolic, protodeacon Stevan Rapajic and deacon Aleksandar Sekulic.

Serbian Police celebrates its Patron Saint's Day

On behalf and with the blessing of His Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Vicar of the Patriarch, cut the slava cake on the day of the Patron Saint of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Serbia, in the presence of Minister Mr. Ivica Dacic, and his closest associates.

Bishop Teodosije receives NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Visoki Decani Monastery

Vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan and Hierachal deputy of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren received today in the Visoki Decani Monastery Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General, and group of ten ambassadors of the countries, members of the NATO alliance. In one-hour talk Bishop Teodosije talked about hard security situation in which still are Kosovo Serbs and sanctuaries of the SOC on the territory of Kosovo and Metohija. Particularly was emphasized a concern about series of attacks on the Serbian returnees in Metohija village of Zac, which also showed that for the Serbian returnees in Kosovo and Metohija still there in no minimum of liberty and warranty for normal and safe life.

Soup kitchen opened in Metohija village of Vidanje

 With the blessing of the administrator of the Diocese, Bishop Teodosije, together with priests Bogomir Stević and Slobodan Trajković, today opened a sixth soup kitchen in the village of Vidanje in Metohija, which will provide food for 250 socially most vulnerable persons on the territory of municipality of Istok and Klina. This soup kitchen and five others that are working in other parts of Kosovo and Metohija are operated by the NGO "Majka devet Jugovića" (Mother of the Nine Jugoviches), which is headed by presbytera Svetlana Stević. The opening of the first soup kitchen in Metohija is another in a series of efforts by the Diocese of Raška and Prizren and the NGO "Mother of the Nine Jugoviches" to help those who are most in need of help. The NGO "Mother of the Nine Jugoviches" provides regular meals for 1700 socially vulnerable persons in Kosovo and Metohija.