Serbian Orthodox Church
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, introduced Bishop Justin (Stefanovic), former Bishop of Timok, into the throne of Bishops of Zica during the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of Saint Sava in Kraljevo, on August 3rd 2014.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej celebrated along with enthroned Bishop Justin and Their Eminences Metropolitans Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, Their Graces Bishops: Irinej of Backa, Pahomije of Vranje, Jovan of Sumadija, Ignjatije of Branicevo, Atansije of Bihac-Petrovac, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, David of Krusevac, elected Jovan of Slavonia and retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina. Also Archimandrites, newly-elected Bishops concelebrated to the Patriarch: Ilarion of Timok, Arsenije of Toplica and Jeronim of Jegar. Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Nikanor of Banat, Milutin of Valjevo, Antonije of Moravica and retired Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla prayerfully participated in this Holy Liturgy.
On the feast of famous prophet Elijah the Tishbite, Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland served at the Cathedral church in Vienna.
The celebration began with the solemn Vesper service celebrated by His Grace Bishop with the concelebration of the head of the Cathedral church, presbyter Slavisa Bozic and deacon Milos Zdralic.
His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije received Archbishop Alessandro D'Errico, Apostolic Nuncio in Zagreb, at the Spiritual Centre of the Metropolitanate of Zagreb-Ljubljana on 1 August 2014.
During the talks led in an atmosphere of Christian love and mutual respect, the interlocutors exchanged views on a number of problems that the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church are facing with around the world, in Europe and especially in Croatia and Serbia.
The enthronement of the new Bishop of Žiča Justin in the Cathedral church of Kraljevo will be performed on 3 August 2014. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, will perform the enthronement rite himself, while many Bishops of our Holy Church will concelebrate during the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy.
The Biography of newly-elected Bishop Justin (Stefanović) of Žiča
His Grace newly-elected Bishop Justin (Stefanović) of Žiča was born on 26 May 1955 in Čačak and was baptized as Miroslav. He finished primary and secondary schools, as well as the Faculty of Economy in Belgrade. His monastic life began in the monastery of Crna Reka in 1980 where he was tonsured in 1983 by Bishop Pavle of Raska-Prizren, later Serbian Patriarch.
In the Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren the church slava was marked and the restored Dushan's monastic quarters , which was burnt down during the 2004 March Pogrom in Kosovo and Metohia, was consecrated.
His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren served the Holy Liturgy in a new chapel of Saint Nikolaj of Zica with the concelebration of Archimandrite Sava, abbot of the Tvrdos Monastery, and the clergy and monks of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren. More than hundred faithul from all parts of Kosovo and Metohija, central Serbia, as well representatives of the Serbs from Kosovo and Metohia, Mayor of Gracanica Mr. Branimir Stojanovic and Minister of Labour and Social Politics Mr. Aleksandar Vulin attended the Liturgy.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and newly-elected Jovan of Slavonia, as well as lots of priests in the church dedicated to this saints in Velika, near Plav on Monday, 28 July 2014, on the feast day of Sts. Quiricus and Julitta.
The prayerful gathering, at which lots of faithful people gathered from Plav and other parts of Montenegro, was held on the occasion of the 70 years since the cruelest slaughter of innocent children, women and elderly people from the village of Velika near Plav and its surroundings, committed by fascist-Ballist criminals from the “Prinz Eugen” and “Skenderbeg” divisions during the Second World War, precisely on the on the day of Sts. Quiricus and Julitta, 28th of July 1944.