Communique regarding the funeral of Patriarch Pavle of Serbia of blessed repose

His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, after the extraordinary session on the Sunday evening at teh Patriarchate court informed the public about a few details regarding the requiem service of Patriarch Pavle of blessed repose. Bishop Irinej of Bachka said that the Holy Synod dealt with particulars that are strictly prescribed in such circumstances.

Communique – November 12, 2009

On November 12, 2009 the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church  received Mr. Vuk Jeremic ,Foreign Minister of Serbia, on the official working visit. He was accompanied by Mr. Mladjan Djordjevic, advisor to the President of Serbia and Mr. Damjan Krnjevic, advisor to the minister of Foreign Affairs.

Minister Jeremic sought and received the blessing of the Holy Synod before the upcoming visit of  President of Serbia Boris Tadic and members of the Government of Serbia to Italy and the Vatican. On that occasion the quality of relations between Church and State was analyzed and  positively evaluated.

From the Office of the Holy Synod

Delivers: Bishop of Bachka Dr. Irinej

Patron Saint's Day of Monastery of Zdrebaonik

The feast day of Saint Arsenius of Srem, the second Serbian Archbishop, whose relics lay in this monastery, was celebrated with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy and cutting the slava cake at the monastery of Zdrebaonik near Danilovgrad. His Eminence Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral served with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Konstantin of Middle Europe, Joanikije of Budimlje and Nikshic and Jovan od Dioclea and the priesthood of Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral.

Bishop Longin celebrates Hierarchal Liturgy at Saint George Parish in Joliet, IL

On the twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, November 8, 2009, the feastday of St. Demetrios of Thesssaloniki, His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America, offiiciated at the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Joliet, Illinois. Concelebrating were Fr. Nedeljko Lunich, the local priest, Fr. Lazar Kostur, retired priest from the Merrillville parish and Protodeacon Milovan Gogic. Assisting in the altar were Seminary graduates Nikolaj Kostur and Nenad Jakovljevic and Reader David Laketa, together with a group of altar boys.

Floods made lots of damage to monastery of Mileshevo

On the eve of the feast day of St Dimitrios, heavy rains hit areas of Polimlje and Rashka, which directly cause the Mileshevka river to overflow and hence it flooded a part of the estate of the monastery of Mileshevo. During this happening, a torrent of water destroyed all monastery crops, as well as the supplies of wood prepared for the upcoming winter. His Grace Bishop Filaret urged the faitful people to participate in the repair of the caused damage.

Bishop Longin Celebrates Hierarchical Liturgy at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church

On Sunday, November 1, 2009 on the Feast of the Prophet Joel and the Venerable Prochorus of Pcinja, the parishioners of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Duluth, Minnesota welcomed His Grace Bishop Longin for his first Archpastoral visit.  His Grace visited the Twin Cities the day before and came to Duluth on Sunday to celebrate the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.  Bishop Longin recently became the new Bishop of the newly organized New Gracinica - Midwestern America Diocese.

Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate DECR meets with officials of the UN Mission in Kosovo and Metochia

In conclusion of his visit to Kosovo and Metochia, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, met on 30 October 2009 with Mr. Jolyon Negele, director of the political relations department of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), and Mr. M. Krasnoschekov, a staff member of the department from the Russian Federation. Participating in the meeting, which took place at Pristina airport, was Mr. A. Shugurov, head of the office of the Russian Embassy in Serbia.