Bishop Teodosije: Support for the initiative of the President of Serbia to help the survival of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija

On the occasion of yesterday's statement of the President of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, at the meeting with the political representatives of our people in Kosovo and Metohija in Kursumlija, the Diocese of Raska and Prizren wholeheartedly welcomes the initiative of the President and the announcement that the state of Serbia will take additional steps to encourage our people to survive and stay on their centuries-old homes.

It is especially important that all citizens living in Kosovo and Metohija will receive financial assistance, the unemployed 200 euros per person, and the employed and each child 100 euros. This financial assistance from the state will significantly contribute to the economic recovery of our people, which is additionally endangered due to the recent floods and the coronavirus pandemic.

Patriarch Porfirije and Bishop Gerasim delivered aid to the victims of the earthquake in Banija

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch,  accompanied by His Grace Bishop Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac attended the delivery of containers intended for the temporary accommodation of families affected by the earthquakes in Banija at the Lekenik Civil Protection base, on February 27, 2021.

Two large and four smaller containers were donated by the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Zagreb. According to the Serbian National Council, this visit is a continuation of the help that the Serbian Orthodox Church has been persistently and selflessly sending to the residents of Banija since the first day after the earthquake, directed from the Metropolitanate of Zagreb-Ljubljana, which was headed by the new Serbian Patriarch, and in coordination with SNC Banija is our home.

Patriarch Porfirije at the Orthodox Grammar School in Zagreb

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, the administrator of the Diocese of Zagreb-Ljubljana, visited the Serbian Orthodox Grammar School Kantakuzina Katarina Brankovic in Zagreb on February 26, 2021.

The patriarch visited the grammar school on the seventh day since he was enthroned on the throne of the Belgrade-Karlovci metropolitans and Serbian patriarchs in Belgrade on February 19. On behalf of the school, protopresbyter-staurophor Slobodan Lalic, principal of the Grammar school, congratulated Patriarch Porfirije on his election as the new Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Founder's Patron Saint-day of Chilandar Monastery: Thanksgiving on the occasion of the election of Patriarch Porfirije

In the Holy Imperial Serbian Laura, Chilandar, its founder, the Venerable Symeon the Myrrh-Streaming, was celebrated with a solemn holiday service.

The Council of Elders of the Holy Monastery of Chilandar has made a decision that on the day of the feast of the Venerable Symeon, at the end of the Holy Liturgy, a prayer act of thanksgiving will be served on the occasion of the election of His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch. In this way, the Chilandar brotherhood, although outside the homeland and in difficult conditions of isolation, spiritually and prayerfully participates in the life of the believing Serbian people, thanking God for electing Patriarch Porfirije, a worthy heir of Patriarch Irinej of blessed repose on the Saint Sava’s throne of the Serbian Church.

Biography of Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch Porfirije (Peric)

Newly-elected Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch Porfirije (Peric) was born on 22 July 1961 in Becej, northern Serbia.

He was the first of three children of Radivoje and Radojka Peric. He was baptized as Prvoslav. He finished primary school in Curug, and the “Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj” Grammar school in Novi Sad. He was ordained a monk according to the rite of small schime by his spiritual father, then hieromonk Dr. Irinej (Bulovic), at Decani Monastery in 1985.