The World Council of Churches (WCC ) has expressed deep concern over the issue of respect for the rights of Orthodox believers in Kosovo and also the FYR Macedonia. During the General Assembly the Council issued a public Statement about the politicization of religion and the rights of religious minorities, stating:
"The Government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia categorically denied the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric the right to register as a religious community. The government’s involvement in the legal system of the country resulted in the unlawful confinement of the head of this Church. Lately, Kosovo has been faced with the systematic destruction of over 100 Orthodox Christian holy shrines, as well as reviewing the history in terms of their cultural background, which endangers the existence of the Orthodox Serbs."
WCC urged governments of all countries to strengthen mechanisms that would ensure the survival and protection of the rights of religious minorities. Furthermore, states are encouraged to implement anti-discrimination laws to protect individuals and communities who are persecuted for professing their faith.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received today, on 7 November 2013, Mr. Ivan Mrkic, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate.
The Museum of Applied Art stages the exhibition “Memory Update – Ornaments of Serbian Medieval Frescoes” on the 6th of November 2013 to mark this year’s anniversary of its founding. The exhibition will be open until 31st January 2014.
An interest in ornament as particular visual and semantic, as well as a linguistic phenomenon becomes more and more increasing in the visualization world of all segments of modern communication. An ornament is often used as a decoration, a pattern, a decorative detail in applied art and architecture but it also bears a broadest span of symbolical, culturological and religious meanings that are susceptible to various analyses and even mathematical reading and interpretation.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received yesterday an award - the Honorary Citizen of Zemun with a medal - at a solemn session of the Assembly of the City Municipality of Zemun, held on the occasion of the Day of Zemun.
The Patriarch received this dinstinction on the occasion of 5th November, the Day of Zemun, which is marking the date when the Serbian army liberated this town in 1918.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received His Excellency Majib Fahim Pour, Ambassador of the Republic of Iran in Serbia, with associates at the Serbian Patriarchate yesterday, on 4 November 2013.