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Press Release

Considering that His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, tested positive for SARS - CoV2 during today's testing, according to the specific protocol and doctors' advice, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church will spend the upcoming days on home treatment.

His Holiness has very mild symptoms of the viral infection, he has been prescribed appropriate therapy, and he respects all epidemiological measures. He is in regular contact with associates through electronic communications and performs administrative tasks completely undisturbed. Also, he does not stop prayerfully supporting doctors and medical staff in their work, and he especially prays for the healing of all those affected by the epidemic. The Patriarch expresses regret that the public manifestations in which he was supposed to participate have been postponed until further notice.

The Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Press Release

We have received many strong protests and expressions of discontent over yesterday's announcement by German politician Viola von Cramon, given after a conversation with the Bishop of Düsseldorf kyr Grigorije, that there is no Serbian Orthodox Church in Germany, and we are obliged to, for the sake of truth, issue the following statement:

The Serbian Orthodox Church exists in Germany, as part of the one, indivisible autocephalous Serbian Patriarchate. The Constitution and Statutes of the Serbian Orthodox Church are valid in the territory of Germany as anywhere else in the area of her canonical jurisdiction, and all church–hierarchical bodies are obliged to be governed by them. On the basis of the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the competent church authorities appoint and dismiss the administrations of all bodies and organs, and the Holy Assembly of Bishops appoints and, if necessary, relieves the diocesan bishop.

Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church

The official Facebook page of Patriarch Porfirije

The official Facebook page of His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, has been opened.

The primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, taking into account the fact that there are already several accounts on Facebook bearing his name and title in the Page's name, which certainly leads to confusion, even possible fraud, has given a blessing today to the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church to open an official Facebook page Serbian Patriarch Porfirije, in which editing he will personally take part. The official Facebook page of His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch can be found here.

Patriarch sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Montenegro

On August 11, 2021, His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Mr. Zdravko Krivokapić, which relates to the Fundamental Agreement between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the state of Montenegro. The letter states, among other things:

“In this matter, likewise the any other, we want to perceive, acknowledge and
safeguard the interests of both of the sides evenly, especially because in this particular case, the same faithful people actually consist the majority of both of the sides. As a measure of full responsibility, we sent your proposals to the designated expert commission which should determine what is their qualitative contribution in relation to the already determined, fully agreed and accepted by you text that we intended to sign on 27 May of this year at the Patriarchal See in Belgrade.”

Statement of appreciation of the Serbian Patriarch Porfirije

On the occasion of the magnificent celebration of the Ascension Day, the Patron Saint-day of the capital of Belgrade, His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, in this way expresses its greatest gratitude to all Belgraders, especially to all participants in the magnificent procession, which gathered tens of thousands of Orthodox believers.

In the long history of the capital, the past celebration will be remembered as the most numerous prayerful and certainly one of the most dignified gatherings ever held on its streets and squares. Our people have once again expressed their loyalty and love for the Serbian Orthodox Church and their capital by participating in this exclusively prayerful celebration. The spiritual leader of all our Orthodox people especially thanks all the city services led by the Mayor Professor Dr. Zoran Radojicic and his associates, the Serbian Armed Forces, the Police, the media and everyone who contributed to this year's celebration of the Ascension of the Lord will remain in everyone's fondest memories.

Information service of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Press release on the occasion of the celebration of the Patron Saint-day of the City of Belgrade

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, will celebrate the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the act of blessing of slava gifts in Belgrade's Ascension Church on June 10, 2021, on the feast of the Ascension of the Lord -  Ascension Day. The host of this year's Patron Saint-day of the city is the Mayor of Belgrade, Professor Dr. Zoran Radojicic.

The solemn slava procession which will be led by His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, with hundreds of priests, members of all Belgrade church choirs, and representatives of various city services, will leave at 7 pm from the Ascension Church through Prince Milos and King Milan streets, across Slavija Square and Liberation Boulevard to the Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar district, where His Holiness will serve a prayer of supplication for Belgrade and its inhabitants. We invite the pious people of the Serbian capital to take part prayerfully in the celebration of the Patron Saint-day of the City of Belgrade.