His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served on Saturday, August 27, 2011 the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of St. Mark the Apostle and the Evangelist and the twenty-year memorial service to Serbian Patriarch German of blessed repose. His Holiness was concelebrated by priests of the church, former close associates of Patriarch German, protodeacons: Dr Stanimir Spasovic, Tomislav Milanovic and Stevan Rapajic. The choir of the Church of St. Mark chanted.
Today at the premises of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Belgrade the press conference was held where the representatives of the traditional Churches and religious communities in Serbia pointed at many issues with the restitution of the illegally seized property of the Churches and religious communities in Serbia. On this occasion lots of press representatives were addressed by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa, Archbishop of Belgrade Mr. Stanislav Hocevar, President of the Federation of the Jewish Communities Mr. Aleksandar Necak and the lawyer who represents the Churches and religious communities in the process of the restitution Mr. Miroslav Nikolic. (BETAPHOTO/VLADIMIR GOGIC)
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch along with his Vicar, Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno received on August 23, 2011 in an official visit, Director of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service, Mr. Viktor Ivanov.
In discussion significant issues of drug trafficking were pointed out, which do not just represent a criminal offense, but also entail many other misdeeds. Mr. Ivanov informed His Holliness with results of the research of his Federal Service regarding a distribution of narcotics that finance later a variety of illegal activities of certain criminal structures, which do not care about the spiritual, moral, and mental health of those who were caught into the trap of drug addiction, but exclusively a personal and quick gain.
Cathedral church of Transfiguration of the Lord in Zagreb solemnly celebrated its church slava. The celebration began with a service of the vesper on the Eve of the feast day, and it was served by Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb-Ljubljana. He was concelebrated by the priests of Zagreb. Next day, on the feast day of the Transfiguration of the Lord Metropolitan Jovan served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of seven priests and two deacons of our Metropolitanate.
On Friday, August 19, 2011, on the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, in all churches of the Orthodox Diocese of Vranje Holy Liturgies were served.