The head of the Ukranian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and all Ukraine reposed in the Lord on 5 July 2014.
The entirety of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Orthodox world mourns the loss of His Beatitude Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine. His Beatitude reposed early in the morning on July 5 at the age of 79 after months of a serious illness. Metropolitan Vladimir especially has ties to the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA as he presided along with then Bishop Clement of Serpukhov and Bishop Makary (Svistun +2007) at the Great Consecration of Three Saints Church in Garfield NJ in July of 1984.
The Locum Tenens of the Kiev Metropolis, His Eminence Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina will fulfill the duties of Church Primate until a new primate is elected.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch recieved Mr. Marko Djuric, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohia, and Mr. Marko Blagojevic, Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 3 July 2014.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej receives Mr. Konstantinos Ikonomidis, Ambassador of Greece to Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 1 July 2014.
In the attendance of many bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary of the Holy See for Relations with States, i.e. Foreign Affairs Minister of the state of Vatican at the Serbian Patriarchate on June 30th.
Archbishop’s delegation consisted of: Apostolic Nuncio H.E. Archbishop Orlando Antonini, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Belgrade Stanislav Hocevar and Bishop of Zrenjanin Bishop Ladislav Nemet.
Newly-elected Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije (Peric) of Zagreb-Ljubljana was born on 22 July 1961 in Becej, northern Serbia, and was baptized as Prvoslav. He finished primary school in Curug, and the “Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj” Grammar school in Novi Sad. He was ordained a monk according to the rite of small schime by his spiritual father, then hieromonk Dr. Irinej (Bulovic), at Decani Monastery in 1985.
He graduated from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade in 1986, when the then Bishop of Raska-Prizren Diocese, future Serbian Patriarch Pavle of blessed memory, ordained him a hierodeacon at the monastery of Holy Trinity in Musutiste, Kosovo and Mectochia.
He attended postgraduate studies in Athens from 1986 until 1990. That year, upon the blessing of Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa, he joined the monastery of Holy Archangels in Kovilj, near Novi Sad, where he was ordained as hieromonk and became its abbot.