His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, introduced His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije, former Bishop of Jegar, into the throne of Metropolitans of Zagreb-Ljubljana during the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral church of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Zagreb yesterday, on 13 July 2014.
Besides the newly enthroned Metropolitan, the Patriarch was also concelebrated by Metropolitans Basileos of Arcadia from the Patriarchate of Antioch and Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Their Graces Bishops: Christopher of Karpassia from the Archbishopric of Cyprus, Irinej of Backa, Bishop electus Justin of Zica, Irinej of Australia-New Zealand and Bishop electus Andrej of Austria-Switzerland.
Starting May 13, 2014, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina experienced sustained torrential rains - by some estimates several months of average rain fell on the region in less than week - that resultedin the worst floods in at least the last century. Large sections of the Sava River and its major and minor tributaries in the watershed flooded, from the western reaches of northern Bosnia to the confluence with the Danube at Belgrade, and throughout the region flash floods and landslides caused extensive damage to infrastructure, homes and communities. Hundreds of thousands of people were affected by the floods, thousands were evacuated and thousands more were isolated within the flooded areas. Thirty-eight people lost their lives. Thousands of people throughout the region were trapped in towns and villages that in some cases are still cut off from main roads without ready access to drinking water, food, medicine or power.
Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious, and All-Praised Twelve Apostles
It was a very beautiful and quite hot morning on July 13, 2014 in the Great Central Valley when His Grace, Bishop Maxim, arrived at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Fresno, California. The bells were ringing, the altar boys were smiling, and the choir was singing as the parish clergy greeted His Grace. Father George Gligich held the gospel with Deacon John Davis censing as the procession moved through the center of the church surrounded by a large, enthusiastic, and overjoyed crowd consisting of both regular parishioners and visitors. Our dear Bishop venerated the most holy relics of St. Peter and St. Paul, which were present thanks to the goodness of Father Gustavo Lopez of San Joachim Catholic Church in Madera, who brought them and stayed for Liturgy in honor of our church’s feast day. The entrance and vesting prayers preceded a blessing from His Grace and the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. From the first to the concluding prayer, our beloved Bishop presided over a Liturgy full of the beauty, power, and grace of God apparent to all and made possible only by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, on the request of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral - Administrator of the Diocese of Buenos-Aires, received on 16 July 2014 a group of believers from the Argentinian province of Chaco, led by presbyter Branko Stanisic.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej greeted fourty believers of the parish of Saint Nicholas the Mirracle-worker in the town of Machagai, among which one third are descendants of the former immigrants from Montenegro. The guests thanked the Patriarch for the warm welcome.
Yesterday, on 14 July 2014, new Metropolitan Dr Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana received Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community “Bet Israel” of Croatia Dr. Kotel Da-Don and Chief Rabbi of Serbia Mr. Isaak Asiel in his residence in Zagreb.
This was the first official audience given by the new Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana and it was held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere. His Grace Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa also participated in conversations. Since Metropolitan Porfirije and Bishop Irinej had fostered and closely worked with Rabbi of Serbia Mr. Asiel for many years, it was agreed to continue the existing projects and that the Jewish Community “Bet Israel” be involved into the new ones. Mr. Kotel was pleased to hear information about good inter-religious relations in Serbia, as well as about a series of activities which traditional Churches and religious communities have undertaken together.