Patriarch Porfirije: Our suffering must be manifested in a life in every good and in a life in Christ-like virtue (Englsih, Greek, Russian)

On 24 March 2022, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije served at the Square of Serbian Warriors in Kraljevo the memorial service to the victims of the NATO aggression. Below is the sermon of His Holiness the Patriarch:

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Today as always, we begin our address, dear brothers and sisters, with the Name of God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. When we say these words, when we say the Name of God, we mean first of all love, absolute love, inexpressible and indescribable to people, and then we think of everything that comes from such love: the creation of everything, the entire cosmos, the universe; creation of everything that we can feel with our senses, but also of everything else that we do not see and do not encompass with our senses. Everything was created from that love and through that love, through the harmony of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and the pinnacle of creation, the pinnacle of God's love is man, human being.

Serbian Patriarch Porfirije visits Čurug

Patriarch Porfirije: Suffering in the experience of our Church is the experience of the Lord Christ. Suffering i.e. martyrdom, for that reason, above all, is the witness of truth about Christ as Son of God.


Monday, 15/28. March 2022, His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, visited the Church of the Ascension of the Lord in Čurug. In front of the Church of the Ascension of the Lord in Čurug, Serbian Patriarch Porfirije and Their Graces Bishops Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla and David of Kruševac, Bishop Irinej of Bačka with clergy and monastics of the Diocese of Bačka, as well as many faithful people.

Patriarch Porfirije with refugees from Ukraine (English, Greek, Russian)

Today His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije met with the family Geraschenko, which fled from Ukraine before the war fire, in the Parish house of Saint Sava church on Vračar.

Alexander and Maria, whose fourth child was born just before leaving for exile, have temporarily settled with their godparents – the Nedeljković family. They pointed out that through Patriarch Porfirije they express gratitude to the Serbian people for the hospitality and shelter they have been offered. Patriarch Porfirije emphasized that our people knows very well how great is the sorrow caused by war, and especially what is the scope of suffering from being a refugee, as well as that the Church will do everything in her power to help Ukrainian refugees, but also to provide aid to the war-endangered area.

Patriarch Porfirije received Austrian Chancellor Nehammer (Englsih, Greek)

On 17 March 2022 His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije received Mr. Karl Nehammer, Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, at the Patriarchal Palace in Belgrade.

In a friendly and cordial conversation, His Holiness the Patriarch spoke with pleasure about the very good conditions in which the Serbian Orthodox Church functions in Austria and expressed gratitude to Chancellor Nehammer for that. Through the fact that hundreds of thousands of Orthodox Serbs live and work in Austria, the Patriarch emphasized the importance of preserving and improving the good relations between the Serbian and Austrian people, which will be given an important impetus by the meetings of Mr. Nehammer with the Serbian officials.

Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije had a conversation with Mr. Emanuele Giaufret, Head of the Delegation of the European Union (English, Greek, Russian)

On 15 March 2022 His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije, together with members of the Holy Synod of Bishops: Their Graces Bishop of Srem kyr Vasilije and Bishop of Kruševac kyr David, as well as Bishop of Marča kyr Sava – head of the Cabinet of the Serbian Patriarch, received His Excellency Mr. Emanuele Giaufret, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, and his associates at the Patriarchal Palace in Belgrade.

A frank and honest conversation was about the current crisis, which shakes primarily the European continent and European nations, but also the entire world. The interlocutors agreed that churches, religious communities and their leaders can play a beneficial role today, for they are committed to peace, dialogue and tolerance, and have the opportunity to contribute to overcoming the great problems facing today's Europe.

Patriarch Porfirije: The role of the Church is imbued with the mission of "Prosvjeta"

His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, attended the annual assembly of the Serbian Cultural Society "Prosvjeta" in Zagreb, on 5 March 2022.

Speaking about the special significance of that institution for the identity of the Serbian people in Croatia and beyond, Patriarch Porfirije pointed out: - The Church not only supports "Prosvjeta," but its role is also imbued with the mission of the "Prosvjeta." Identity is essentially related to the inner strength and health of the individual and the community. When our identity is unstable, we are inconsistent in every field of our life and existence. Nurturing identity has two dimensions: self-awareness and the other is the ability to integrate us into a specific living space. May the blessing of God be on "Prosvjeta" and all dear people who strive for its action.