Serbian Orthodox Church

A Reflection on the Pope's Recent Visit to Zagreb

 As with all other visits of the first hierarch of the Roman Catholic Church and head of the Vatican, the smallest – but not the most insignificant – independent country of the world, the two day pilgrimage of Pope Benedict XVI to Croatia, on May 4-5, 2011 was given great media coverage worldwide. This visit was given no lesser attention in our [Serbian] media with the motto, “Together in Christ.”

Many of the messages which the first hierarch of Rome, as a prime theologian, delivered in Zagreb are universal and can apply to the entire Christian world — such as, firstly, those messages which encourage Christian families to resist the spirit of secularization and to nurture the holiness of life, marriage and family. Also significant are the messages addressed to the youth who are at an age when they are seeking the meaning of life.

However, two messages delivered in two days are remembered as controversial, and not only among the Serbian public.

Bishop Vasilije visits President of the Republic of Srpska

The President of the Republic of Srpska (RS) Milorad Dodik during today's talk in Banjaluka with Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik Tuzla supported his work in the Diocese and the Inter-religious Council, as well as his  contribution to development of the inter-religious relations in the Armed forces of the BiH.гама БиХ. 

Dodik informed the Bishop on the current situation in Srpska, which is related to economic and political issues important also for the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Bishop Vasilije informed Dodik on the situation in the Diocese of Zvornik-Tuzla, as well as his work in the Inter-religious council and the Armed forces of BiH.

Patriarch Irinej meets with representatives of Islamic Community of Serbia and Jewish community of Serbia

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received today, on June 22, 2011 Mr. Isak Asiel, Rabi of Belgrade, and Mr. Muhamed Jusufspahic, Mufti of Serbia. The talk was about a theme of Interview was conducted on the acquired knowledge and experience after a three-week stay in the United States on the Program entitled "The role of religion in addressing social issues in the United States" which lasted from 9th to 28th of May in several American cities (Washington, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Akron and New York).

Support to the Centre for the fight against drug addiction "Land of the Living" in Diocese of Backa

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch and Prof. Dr. Zoran Stankovic, minister of Health, signed today at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade the Memorandum on cooperation of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia. The act of signing of the Memorandum was attended by His Grace Bishop Porfirije of Jegar, head of the monastery of Kovilj, under whose spiritual and material patronage, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa, the drug rehabilitation center - the community Land of the Living works.    

Foundations of the medieval church of St. Kyriaki undermined

The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija reported today to the Kosovo police serious damage on the medieval church of St. Kyriaki in the suburb of Potkaljaja in Prizren. It is about the small church from 14th century which was damaged and in several occasion its lead from the roof was stolen. In the last case one Albanian, who is allegedly the owner of the lot, began with digging of the foundations for a new building, so he undermined the foundations of the church. Static is at risk and requires an urgent recovery. 

The Diocese reported this newest incident also to the EU Special Representative for Serbian spiritual and cultural heritage Mr. Dimitris Moshopoulos asking urgent  international reaction because it is the protected object and the area of the close historical zone of Prizren.   

Source: Diocese of Raska-Prizren

Patriarch Irinej served the memorial service to Queen Maria


His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served today the memorial service at the Royal Palace Chapel of St Andrew the First Called on the occasion of 50 years since the death of Queen Maria. The memorial service was attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander II, Princess Katherine and Prince Philip Karadjordjevic.