Serbian Orthodox Church
During a two-day visit to Brussels, on 12 and 13 October 2015, His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana had a series of meetings with a number of speakers at the unofficial capital of the European Union.
According to a well-arranged protocol Metropolitan Porfirije met, in separate meetings, with the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia and the head of the Diplomatic Mission to the European Union Mr. Dusan Lopandic and Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia Mr. Goran Stefanic and their associates employed in Diplomatic Missions.
On the behalf of Bishop Jovan of Sumadia, also in charge of Serbian Army, Bishop Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgyin the chapel of the Protection of Most Holy Mother of God at the Military Academy in Belgrade.
At 8.30 a.m. in front of the building of the Military Academy cadets and female cadets lined up in a formation to welcome a hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church – Bishop Atanasije (Rakita) of Bihac-Petrovac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who is in charge of Orthodox military chaplains in the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On Sunday, 11 October 2015, Bishop Sergije of Frankfurt and All Germany officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy, with the concelebration of local priests, on the occasion of the church patron's feast-day – Venerable Simon the Monk in Mannheim, Germany.
The Serbian government’s Office for Kosovo-Metohija has condemned in the harshest terms yesterday’s attack on the Church of Dormition of Holy Virgin in Orahovac and requests that the perpetrators be immediately found and brought to justice.The statement by the Office for Kosovo-Metohija says that the attack on the Serbian church, on the day of the big Eastern Christian holiday of Intercession of the Theotokos, at the moment when children were playing in the church yard, confirms that an atmosphere of fear and lawlessness is still being fomented in Kosovo-Metohija, an atmosphere where there is no safety neither for Serbs nor for Serbian holy sites.