Monday, June 4, 2012

SPC patriarch and synod members to visit Zagreb

ZAGREB – Members of the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) and Patriarch Irinej will visit Zagreb June 7-9 to attend the opening of the new building of the Serbian Orthodox secondary school there.

According to the Religious Information Agency (VIA), they will visit the spiritual council of archbishops and meet with the members of the standing council of the Bishops' conference of Croatia.

VIA quoted Catholic media in stressing the importance of the many years of cooperation between the Catholic religious college of the Zagreb University and the Orthodox college of the Belgrade University.

Professor of the Zagreb Catholic college Jure Zecevic told the IKA agency the meeting deserved the public's positive opinion concerning its religious and church scope.

"The SPC's openness to dialogue and cooperation with the Catholic Church has come to light," Zecevic stated.

"As far as I know, this is the first time the entire Holy Synod of the SPC is coming to Zagreb to meet the highest officials of the Catholic Church in Croatia and the standing council of the bishops' conference," he noted.

Zagreb Archbishop Josip Bozanic, Archbishop of Djakovac and Osjek Marin Srakic, Archbishop of Split Marin Barisic and Archbishop of Rijeka Ivan Devcic are members of the standing council.

Patriarch Irinej, Bishop of Srem Vasilije, Bishop of Backa Irinej, Bishop of Sumadija Jovan and Bishop of Budim and Niksic Joanikije are members of the Holy Synod.

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