Serbian Patriarch Irinej meets with Serbian President

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, met on 11 February 2013 with Mr.Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Republic of Serbia, at the Office of the President of Serbia in Belgrade.

President Nikolic and Serbian Patriarch Irinej expressed their concern regarding the security of the citizens and the Serbian Church in Kosovo and Metohia, especially after recent events with respect to the monastery of Decani. They both agreed that the international organizations, which were present in the South Serbian province, were bound with the mandate,  approved by the Republic of Serbia, to protect rights and security of citizens and religious shrines  in Kosovo and Metohia. 

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk comments on reports about Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement

On February 11, 2013, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, made comments to ITAR-TASS news agency concerning that coming reports about the retirement of the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI.

Reports about the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI have proved to be unexpected even for his closest associates. Cardinal Sodano described it as ‘a thunder out of a clear sky’. Really, there have been no precedents of this kind in the modern history of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope John Paul II remained in office to the end despite his serious health problems.

Patriarch Irinej at Russian church in Belgrade

Patriarch Irinej at Russian church in Belgrade
Patriarch Irinej at Russian church in Belgrade
Patriarch Irinej at Russian church in Belgrade
Patriarch Irinej at Russian church in Belgrade

Marking  four years of Patriarchal  ministry of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served the Divine Liturgy at the Podvorye of the Church of Holy Trinity of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the Patriarchal ministry of His Holiness Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on 10 February 2013. Protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasyev, dean of the Podvorye, concelebrated. 

Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Prizren

Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Prizren
Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Prizren
Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Prizren
Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Prizren

Serbian Patriarch Irinej along with bishops celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Prizren. The Holy Synod of Bishops and the Committee for Kosovo and Metohia held a meeting

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated yesterday the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral Church of Saint Great Martyr George in Prizren, with concelebration of seven bishops, members of the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Committee for Kosovo and Metohia.

Along with bishops, clergy and monks of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren concelebrated, while the choir of the Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius sang responses.

Serbian Patriarch visits Gracanica Monastery

Serbian Patriarch visits Gracanica Monastery
Serbian Patriarch visits Gracanica Monastery
Serbian Patriarch visits Gracanica Monastery
Serbian Patriarch visits Gracanica Monastery

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, with members of the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Committee for Kosovo and Metohia last night arrived at Gracanica Monastery