On November 12, 2009 the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church received Mr. Vuk Jeremic ,Foreign Minister of Serbia, on the official working visit. He was accompanied by Mr. Mladjan Djordjevic, advisor to the President of Serbia and Mr. Damjan Krnjevic, advisor to the minister of Foreign Affairs.
Minister Jeremic sought and received the blessing of the Holy Synod before the upcoming visit of President of Serbia Boris Tadic and members of the Government of Serbia to Italy and the Vatican. On that occasion the quality of relations between Church and State was analyzed and positively evaluated.
From the Office of the Holy Synod
Delivers: Bishop of Bachka Dr. Irinej
to the faithful people in Kosovo and Metohija,
on the occasion of holding local elections scheduled
for November 15, 2009
We call the faithful people in Kosovo and Metohija, for disrespect of the basic human rights in this Province of the Republic of Serbia guaranteed by the The Charter of the United Nations and especially by the Resolution 1244, not to respond to the invitation of illegal institutions of the authorities of the self-declared Republic of Kosovo and not to participate in the local elections in Kosovo and Metohija planned for November 15, 2009.
Head of the Holy Synod of Bishops
Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral
The Basic Court in Veles sentenced in absence His Eminence Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan to imprisonment on two years and six months for a criminal offence "evasion” . Except that, the court ordered that Archbishop pays the compensation to the schismatic MOC in the amount of 14,804.211 denars which is 240,000 EUR. How the court ordered this sort of sum, when the schismatic MOC requested the compensation of 20,083.000 denars or 330,000 EUR, is known only to the court. Though, the expertise showed that Archbishop did not take any denar for himself, and all what was being purchased ,while he was responsible for Dioceses where he was bishop, has been left as the inventory of the schismatic MOC. Because of that, Archbishop was released two times by the court of the first instance, but the court of appeals brought back the procedure on a new trial.
There is no one in Macedonia who is not familiar that the trials against Archbishop motivated politically and with a political background. One thing is certain that the schismatic MOC will not get negotiations about its status until the state authorities are still hunting Archbishop.
We deeply regret the violence committed against Your citizen Brice Taton that happened in our city and which led to the death of this young man. On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia and in my name and on behalf of all the fullness of the Serbian Church, I express most sincere condolences to a Brice's family, his friends, the French citizens and all those who knew him. We pray to our Lord Jesus Christ, to inspire and multiply goodwill among people and to direct the hearts of all of us to the persistent fight against any evil.
Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral
The International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue met in Chania, Crete, from Tuesday, September 15 to Sunday, September 20, 2009, as guests of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at the Metropolis of Kydonia and Apokoronos.
The continual representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand and protopresbyter-staurophor Professor Dr. Vladan Perishic, vice dean of the Faculty of the Orthodox Theology of the Belgrade University, upon the invitation of the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Samuel Kobia, participated in the session of the central committee of this organization which was held from August 26 until September 2, 2009 in Genève.