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.
The feast day of Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas was solemnly celebrated with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Belgrade suburb of Rakovica.
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.
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.