The School year of 2008/09 has been finished in praying with the liturgical gathering at the church of St Basil of Ostrog on Bezanija. Catechisers of the Archbishopric of Belgrade and Karlovac led by His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, the president of the Committee for religious education and other members of this church body which observe and support the application of religious education in state schools on the territory of Belgrade, and in this way they offered prayers to God for successful work with children during the previous year. A great number of catechisers received the communion.
After Holy Eucharist a meeting was held. His Grace Bishop Atanasije spoke to the catechisers on importance of continual perfection of themselves in fields of academic competence and also missionary of the Church. He also pointed out that the Catechetical Committee of the Archbishopric will support more the catechisers , hence , in fall, there are planned visits to schools and problems of catechisers in their work will be observed there.
The Moscow Patriarchate believes that the secular humanistic society model should not be imposed on the world as the only correct and forward-looking.
"In my view, the secular project has been exhausted. It gives people no vigor, it fails to inspire them in emergency, and it is unable to teach them self-denial and self-control," head of the Synodal Church and Society Department Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said at a Moscow conference dedicated to relationships between religion and the state.
Message by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for World Environment Day (June 5, 2009)10. June 2009 - 8:23
Today's World Environment Day is an opportunity as well as an invitation for all of us, irrespective of religious background, to consider the ecological crisis.
In our time, more than ever before, there is an undeniable obligation for all to understand that environmental concern for our planet does not comprise a romantic notion of the few. The ecological crisis, and particularly the reality of climate change, constitutes the greatest threat for every form of life in our world. Moreover, there is an immediate correlation between protection of the environment and every expression of economic and social life.
His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, a member of the Holy Synod of Bishops, gave an interview to Zoran Stanojevic, for a TV program Eye on the First channel of the Radio Television of Serbia. This program was broadcasted on June 1, 2009 and you can watch it on the website of the Radio Television of Serbia.
A beginning of the 4th All-Orthodox Pre-Conciliar Conference in Chambesy near Geneva was marked with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy which was led by Metropolitan John of Pergamum on Sunday, on the Feast of Pentecost, at the church of St. Paul The Apostle of the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand presided over the Holy Eucharistic Assembly on the feast day of Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles - Pentecost at the God's church of the same name in Zemun. His Grace served with the concelebration of 7 presbyters and 3 deacons from the Archbishopric of Belgrade and Karlovac. After the communion of the faithful who fulfilled this holy temple in a great number, and especially children of all ages among them. His Grace Bishop served also a holiday Pentecost evening service during which he read prayers which the Holy Church ordered to be read on this holy feast day, and prayed that Holy Life-giving Spirit pour upon all the gathered in this liturgical gathering.