His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch and Minister Sutanovac signed yesterday at the Army Club in Nis an "Agreement on the performance of religious services in the Army of Serbia with the Serbian Orthodox Church." The agreement regulates the mutual relations between the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Orthodox Church in connection with the conduct of religious services in the Serbian Army. The signing of the Agreement was attended by Their Graces Bishops Irinej of Backa and Vicar Porfirije of Jegar.
At the Divine Liturgy served on June 26, 2011 in the town of Naoussa, in the Metropolitanate of Veria, Naoussa and Campania, in the presence of representatives of all Orthodox Churches, the martyrs for the faith suffered in the revenge of the Turks against the Orthodox people of Naoussa because of their uprising in 1822 are officially proclaimed saints.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received on June 13, 2011 in the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade His Excellency Ion Makovei, the Ambassador of the Republic of Romania in Serbia.
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.
On behalf of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno attended on June 23, 2011 at the Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation the humanitarian concert of a folklore group from the Indonesian province of Aceh, suffered by the tsunami in 2004.