Call the Serbian Orthodox people to prayer and fasting for the salvation of our suffered people in Kosovo and Metohija15. September 2011 - 14:32
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.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch exchanged Easter greetings with all heads of Orthodox autocephaly and autonomous Churches, many archbishops, metropolitans and bishops.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej has received lots of greetings from higher and secondary education institutions of the Serbian Orthodox Church, administrations of monasteries and many believers in the country and from the diaspora.
Not being able to individually thank everyone, he does in this way, with best wishes for every good of all the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church, by sending them a fatherly greeting and patriarchal blessing.
Address at the J. Dennis Hastert Center
for Economics, Government and Public Policy
at Wheaton College
by H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia,
17 March 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It's a distinct honor and privilege to be a guest of the Hastert Center, named after the longest-serving Republican House Speaker in history.
I would especially like to thank President Ryken and Professor Norton for the invitation to address you here tonight, at the premier liberal arts college of evangelical Christianity.
Your Beatitude, regarding the catastrophic earthquake with a great number of casualties that struck Japan, we pray for You that along with your families of the suffered and all people of Japan receive our sincere and deep condolence. We pray to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who is Resurrection and Life (John 11,25) for the repose of their souls, and give comfort to You, the families and to all brotherly people of Japan through the grief.
His Holiness also sent the telegram of condolence to His Excellency Mr. Toshio Tsunozaki, the Ambassador of Japan in Belgrade.
His Holiness Patriarch IRINEJ expresses condolence to Pope Shenouda III about deadly terror attacks:
"On the sad occasion of the terrorist attack on the Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria, where 21 persons lost theirs lives, We address this sincere condolence to Your Holiness, Coptic Church, to families of the slaughtered, likewise to the all Christian people of Egypt with prayers toward God, for the repose of souls of the innocent people, and comfort of the pain of their beloved ones."
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch has received today in an official visit His Excellency Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Serbia, Alexander Vasilyevich Konuzin, on his personal request.
In this occasion Ambassador informed His Holiness about details of yesterday's meeting with monk Artemije and his entourage in the Embassy of Russia and expressed his regret for the incorrect interpretation of the mentioned meeting, which took place upon the initiative of monk Artemije, and not on the request of His Excellency.