Serbian Orthodox Church
When Orthodox Serbs who fled the communist regime during World War II established St. Elijah Parish and built the cathedral in Merrillville at 8700 Taft St., they did so to provide a place of worship for their children and a gathering place for all Orthodox Serbs.
Today, the next generation is continuing that legacy by raising funds to paint the interior walls of the cathedral with religious frescos.
At the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic stated that monasteries and churches of the Serbian Orthodox Church cannot belong to the so-called republic of Kosovo. He reminded that 4 sites listed as endangered monuments under UNESCO’s protection are located in the southern Serbian province, and as a state, Serbia is responsible for their protection. Honoring identities of all inhabitants of the province is one of preconditions for reconciliation, while excluding or negating anyone’s identity makes it impossible, Jeremic emphasized. He saluted UNESCO’s status-neutral work in Kosovo.
According to the decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church from this year's session in May on creating of a new Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central American with a seat in Buenos Aires and on placing His Eminence Amfilohije Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral for the administrator of a newly-founded diocese until the election and the enthronement of the Diocesan bishop, Metropolitan Amfilohije came to Argentina, on October 22, 2011 on the feast day of St. Apostle Jacob Alfeyev and St. Stephen the Blind, a despot of Serbia, in order to organize a new Diocese.
On Friday, October 28, at the Book Fair there was a presentation of the first edition of the Holy Bible Old and New Testament with translated deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament, which were translated into the modern Serbian language by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and retired Bishop Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina. In the presence of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch and Their Graces Bishops Hrizostom of Zica and George of Canada, about this edition of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church it was spoken by the member of the Synod Bishop Irinej of Backa and the vicar of Serbian Patriarch Irinej Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno.
His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr kyr Jovan defended on October 31, 2011 a doctoral thesis on theme Unity of Church and the modern church problems: Comparative presentation of theology of Saint Maximus the Confessor, at the Faculty of Theology of the University in Thessaloniki. The seven-member committee of professors Chrysostomos Stamulis (as a mentor), Georgios Marcelos, Demetrios Tselengidis, Petros Vasiliadis, Yanis Kurembele, Stylianos Tsobanidis and Nicholai Mangioras, graded the work and the defense with an excellent mark.
As a permanent testimony to the end of his visit to the Church-school municipality of Saint Sava in Johannesburg in 2011t, Bishop Vasilije left a following note: With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch I visited the Church community of St. Sava in Johannesburg, after 30 years. Since as a Bishop of Australia and New Zealand and South Africa I was last time here in 1983. I thank warmly archimandrite Pantelejmon for a hospitality. I am glad to see my old and former eparchiots, as well as a huge progress and a great management of this Serbian community and the sanctity on the African soil.