On Friday, June 3, 2011 in a solemn hall of the University of Nis, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch attended an opening of the 10th scientific meeting of byzanthologists Nis and Byzanth on the theme - Nis, martyropolis and imperial city. Welcome speech, on behalf of the organizational committee, was held by Dr Misa Rakocija. Afterwards Serbian Patriarch Irinej blessed the work and the participants of the meeting with an appropriate welcome speech. Also following Patriarch, M.sci Milos Simonovic, mayor of Nis and Dr Miroljub Grozdanovic, dean of the University in Nis welcomed the participants. Academician Dr Renate Pilinger from Vienna solemnly opened the 10th scientific meeting of byzanthologists. After the festive opening Dr Yanis Varalis from Volos presented the Collection of works no.9 with the papers from the last meeting. Then all the present watched a scientific documentary "Christian antique in Nis".
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno attended the traditional Christmas receptions for children without parental care, which were organized by the Royal family Karadjordjevic at the White Palace in Belgrade on 10 January 2013.
Along with Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine, Hereditary Prince Peter and Prince Philip, Bishop Atanasije distributed presents and small icons for more than 1200 children from all regions of Serbia gathered at the White Palace. These receptions would not be possible without great help from various donors, such as Embassies: of Kuwait, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Korea, Ukraine, Finland, Syria; companies: CCCHBC, Balon Centar, Pekara Trpkovic, Cigre, Ishrana Produkt, Vrabac, Janovic, Dexy Co, Sweetsystem d.o.o., Paracinka Paracin, Al Grosso, Kika Loznica, Direct Group, IDEA d.o.o., Plavi kamen, Mala Moda Marija, Balkan Lift Komerc d.o.o., Eptisa Regional office for
Heads of two Sister Churches meet in Tbilisi
His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia has organized today an audience for all delegations of the Local Orthodox Churches that have arrived and which are going to participate in the ceremonies planned for January 13th.
In the evening of the joyful feast day of the Nativity of the Lord, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the vesper service at the church of Alexander Nevsky. After the blessing and burning the badnjak (Yule log), Patriarch Irinej served the feast day's great vesper service and gave Christmas gifts to children. Belgrade's Mayor Dragan Djilas was present at the service.
Pious people of the Serbian capital gathered this evening in front of the Cathedral Church on Vracar, where His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Vicar of Serbian Patriarch, blessed and burned badnjaks (Yule logs). Across the Saint Sava's plateau the Christmas troparion could be heard: Thy nativity, O Christ our God...