The members of the 2nd Episcopal Assembly of all canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania welcomed once again the opportunity to meet in Sydney from October 16-17, 2011, under the chairmanship ex officio of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia.
The Assembly commenced with prayer at the central offices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Redfern.
Present were: His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos (Ecumenical Patriarchate – Australia), His Eminence Metropolitan Paul (Antiochian Patriarchate),His Grace Bishop Irinej (Serbian Church), His Grace Bishop Mihail (Romanian Church), His Eminence Metropolitan Amphilochios (Ecumenical Patriarchate – New Zealand), His Grace Bishop Ezekiel (Assistant Bishop), His Grace Bishop Seraphim (Assistant Bishop), His Grace Bishop Nikandros (Assistant Bishop), His Grace Bishop Iakovos (Assistant Bishop), the Very Rev.Father Michael Protopopov (representing His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church, who read a letter of greeting from His Eminence MetropolitanHilarion ) and Rev. Father Michael Smolynec (representing His Eminence Archbishop Ioan of Parnassou of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora).
At the joint session of the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Committee for Kosovo and Metohija of the Holy Assembly of Bishops held in Belgrade on September 14-15 on the occasion of the newest events on the north of Kosovo, also one long-lasting decision was made regarding the activity of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija.
Bearing in mind that Kosovo and Metohija demand an endeavor of the entire Church and the nation, it is decided to restore the office of the Committee for Kosovo and Metohija, which was previously led by current Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, and that it will from now on have its seat in the Patriarchate of Pec. Its task will be an organisation and documenting the work of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Holy Assembly of Bishops, as well as creating an archive and a library regarding Kosovo and Metohija and developments there in general.
Letter to President of Serbia Mr. Boris Tadic, sent from the extraordinary session of the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Committee for Kosovo and Metohija of the Holy Assembly of Bishops15. September 2011 - 14:59
To His Excellency
Mr. BORIS TADIC
President of the Republic of Serbia
Dear Mr. President,
We refer you from an extraordinary joint session of the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Committee for Kosovo and Metohija of the Holy Assembly of Bishops, we are aware that we are in the hours which are crucial for the survival of our nation and the Church in Kosovo and Metohija, as well as that upcoming days in many ways can choose their future.
Call the Serbian Orthodox people to prayer and fasting for the salvation of our suffered people in Kosovo and Metohija15. September 2011 - 13:32
We, your Patriarch with the Holy Synod of Bishops and the members of the Committee for Kosovo and Metohija of the Holy Assembly of Bishops, are deeply concerned because of the danger of the violence threating the people in Kosovo and Metohija, its freedom and sanctities, but full of faith and hope in our Salvation and God, we call our believing Serbian people to three days of prayer and fasting (until Sunday): God to forgive us our sins, to reason with men in power and those who have the power not to participate in injustice, trampling on God's and human laws as well as on basic human rights and freedoms, and the decision of the United Nations (Resolution 1244) under which Kosovo and Metohija have been and remained the organic part of Serbia.
At the same time we call our priests, monks and people that in their churches, on Septembar 15,16 and 17 at 6pm to hold a public prayer service for the suffered people of Kosovo and Metohija.
Regarding the visit of the monk Artemije,defrocked bishop, to certain Serbian communities in the United States of America
Regarding the news that the monk Artemije (Radosavljevic) has publicly appeared in certain Serbian communities in the United States of America, presenting himself falsely as a bishop, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church issues the following statement:
The intrusive announcement of the visit of the monk Artemije has no blessing of the Serbian Patriarch, nor any local bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, nor any organization or individual in our Church.
Communique of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church from the regular session held in Belgrade from May 16-27, 2011.
In Belgrade, at the Serbian Patriarchate, the regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church was held from May 16-27, 2011, presided by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch. Participating in the Assembly were all the diocesan bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as of the autonomous Archbishopric of Ohrid led by His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr kyr Jovan.
The Holy Assembly of Bishops began its work with the joint service of the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade, led by Serbian Patriarch Irinej and served the Invocation of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth and wisdom, in Whom the Church lives and always works, especially in the assemblies of its bishops. Afterwards the President of the Assembly, His Holiness Patriarch in his introductory speech to the Assembly indicated some of the current questions of the life and mission of the Church in these times, times of difficult trials for us and for the world, but also times of hope and spiritual action.