Consecration of Archimandrite Damaskin for Bishop of Mohacs

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy and the solemn rite of the consecration of the elected and proclaimed Very Archimandrite Damaskin (Grabez) into the rank of Bishop of Mohacs, Vicar of Bishop of Backa in the Cathedral church of Saint Sava in the Vracar district on 19 September 2021.

The Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church was concelebrated by His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje; Their Graces Bishops Lukijan of Buda, Irinej of Backa, Dositej of Britain and Scandinavia, Pahomije of Vranje, Jovan of Sumadija, Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla, Atanasije of Mileseva, Grigorije of Dusseldorf and Germany, Marko of Bregalnica, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac, David of Krusevac, Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac, Arsenije of Nis, Nikodim of Dalmatia, Heruvim of Osek-Polje and Baranjam, Isihije of Valjevo, Dimitrije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Antonije of Moravica, Stefan of Remesiana, Metodije of Dioclea and elected Bishop of Budimlje-Niksic, Jerotej of Toplica, Justin of Hvosno, retired Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla, retired Georgije of Canada and retired Konstantin of Middle Europe.

Besides the family and friends of Bishop Damaskin, numerous priests and monks from several dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the solemn act of consecration was attended by the President of the Provincial Government of Vojvodina, Mr. Igor Mirovic; Minister of Innovation and Technological Development Dr. Nenad Popovic, Director of the Office for Cooperation with Traditional Churches and Religious Communities of the Republic of Serbia Dr. Vladimir Roganovic, representatives of traditional churches and religious communities, representatives of the Serbian Armed Forces, members of the diplomatic corps and prominent cultural and public figures of life in Serbia.

Patriarch Porfirije : Let's help the realization of the film about the suffering of children in Jasenovac

In a friendly conversation I initiated, the great director Lordan Zafranović presented to Maja Gojkovic, the Minister of Culture, and me a new version of the script of the film about the suffering in the Jasenovac camp, based on the text by Arsen Diklic "Children of Kozara". The realization of the film about the suffering of the innocent in Jasenovac, and especially the children, should be helped by everyone who has the opportunity. The theme of absolute evil, which manifestation is the camp in Jasenovac, is one of the eternal artistic themes that will never be completely exhausted.

Holy New Martyrs of Jasenovac, pray to God for us!

On September 13, 2021, His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch,  visited the monastery of St. John the Baptist in Jasenovac on the occasion of marking the feast of the Holy New Martyrs of Jasenovac and the memory of the eightieth anniversary of the founding of death concentration camps in Jasenovac (photo gallery).

80 years since the creation of the Jasenovac camp system, the most monstrous death factory in Europe

President Vucic: The memory of the Serbian name and surname will not be erased. Bishop Jovan: Our attitude towards Jasenovac is determined by the words of Patriarch German: We must forgive,  but we must not forget. Patriarch Porfirije: We heal our wounds through prayerful memory. We pray for all people and that Jasenovac never happens again to anyone, anywhere.

On the occasion of 80th anniversary since  the founding of the system of concentration camps in Jasenovac, His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch received the President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Slavonia and Director of the Museum of the victims of the genocide Dejan Ristic, PhD.

The Patriarch congratulated the holiday to members of the Jewish community in Serbia

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Porfirije sent a greeting to the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Serbia, Mr. Isaac Asiel; President of the Association of Jewish Communities of Serbia, Mr. Robert Sabados and all members of the Jewish community in Serbia. 

We cordially congratulate you on the feast of Rosh Hashanah with the wish that the words of God, addressed through the prophet Moses who we respect together, and with which he says: Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation, light up souls with heavenly light and give a blessed beginning of the New Year.

Serbian Patriarch receives Ambassador of Greece to Serbia

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, received His Excellency Georgios Diakofotakis, Ambassador of the Republic of Greece to the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate on 7 September 2021. 

In a cordial and friendly conversation, Serbian Patriarch Porfirije emphasized that the Serbian Orthodox Church remembers with gratitude the fraternal solidarity and wholehearted help of the Greek people in difficult moments for the Serbian people. - Now, when the Hellenic Republic, in addition to the pandemic, is also facing the massive fires, the Serbian Orthodox Church will, in accordance with the possibilities, come to the aid of the sister Greek Orthodox Church and the fraternal Greek people, Patriarch Porfirije pointed out.