We turn to you in this most difficult hour for all peoples of Australia, a time when every soul "mourns and suffers" due to the great and horrific tragedies which have befallen our Continent. Fires and floods, these dread natural disasters, have consumed over two hundred innocent lives. Many have been hurt and countless lamentable and suffering individuals are left without a roof over their heads. Persons, who have endeavoured their entire lives to establish the basic needs for their children and to secure a peaceful end to their own lives, now have lost absolutely everything.
The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church,regarding the suggestion of the new Statute of AP of Vojvodina, addressed to Prof. Dr Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic, the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, which letter we convey here in whole, expressing serious concern for the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia.
For the same reason, the letter was also sent to the President of the Republic of Serbia and the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
of Moscow and All Russia
We rejoice as the Local Council of the Holy Russian Orthodox Church indeed inspired by the Holy Spirit has chosen in Your person a worthy successor to Patriarch Alexy II of blessed repose and placed You on the throne of the glorious Moscow Patriarchate, that from the same You may radiate to those near and far.
On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, our Holy Synod of Bishops and the entire episcopate, clergy, monastics and the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church, We congratulate You on Your election as Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, exclaiming: Axios!
Your beloved Holiness’ brother in Christ,
His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia
Archbishop and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral
A m f i l o h i j e
Your Holiness, let me cordially congratulate You
enthronement to the office of patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. I am
convinced that you will successfully lead , by clever deeds ,through
understanding and love the orthodox Russian people, developing good relations
with the sister Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian people, which had in You,
in the most difficult moments, always the faithful friend and spiritual patron.
TheSerbian Orthodox Church
toher spiritual children at Christmas, 2008
By the Grace of God
Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovciand Serbian Patriarch, with all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church toall the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church:grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and theHoly Spirit, with the joyous Christmas greeting:
Peace from God! Christ is Born!
Everyyear, dear spiritual children, and so it is this year as well,we anticipate and welcome Christmas, the birthday of the Son ofGod, with joy, faith, hope and love. Why? Because it is in this event that the"fullness of time" was fulfilled, and so God the Father, "gave His onlybegotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but haveeverlasting life" (John 3:16). This event is the fulfillment of all cosmologicaland historical events: everything that had happened in God's creation andmankind's history received in that day "which the Lord had made" itsfulfillment and realization. The entry of God into the innermost part of liferepresents, also, a fulfillment of all of mankind's deepest yearnings asattested and proclaimed in all earthly nations before the birth of Christ. WithHis birth, the light of the knowledge of God shone forth. In that Divine lightthe meaning of the world, nature, and the ultimate goal of man's existence andthe existence of all creatures, both visible and invisible, was revealed to us.
By the Mercy of God
Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch
To the Plenitude of the Church
Grace, peace and mercy from the Savior Christ, born in Bethlehem
Beloved brethren and children in the Lord,
The great and sacred day of Christmas has dawned, the metropolis and mother of all feasts, inviting each of us to spiritual uplifting and encounter with the Ancient of Days, who became an infant for us.