His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch along with his Vicar newly-elected Bishop Jovan (Culibrk) of Lipljan today, on August 11, 2011 received in a farewell visit His Excellency Arthur Kohl, the Ambassador of Israel, as wel as His deputy Mr. Eyala Naor.
Yesterday our Holy Church was prayerfully celebrated St. Pantaleon The Great Martyr and Unmercenary. A great number of believers gathered in a beautiful church under construction in New Mirijevo which is dedicated to this great Saint. On behalf of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served by His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno with the concelebration of 5 priests and 3 deacons.
Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla served on August 8, 2011 the achatist to venerable Paraskeva-Petka in the church of Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Zvornik.
The Serbian Orthodox Church universally, liturgically and prayerfully marks the 70th anniversary of the genocide in the Independant State of Croatia. With a joyful sorrow and a pride we remember our new martyrs - bishops, priests, monks and the faithful people - suffered by the Ustasha's hand in the most bestial pogrom during the World War Two. We remember also our Orthodox kin that suffered in August 1994 in the Storm - a joint criminal enterprize against the Serbian people in Srpska Krajina, Dalmatia, Lika, Banija, Kordun...