The Serbian Patriarchate continues full steam ahead with ‘interfaith’ dialogue, that is, ecumenism.
By Lily Lynch for Southeast European Times in Belgrade
While the recent election of former ultranationalist Tomislav Nikolic as the president of Serbia has already prompted several disputes between the new head of state and others in the region, interfaith dialogue between the high representatives of various religious groups is as critical as ever.
Earlier this month, Patriarch Irinej, head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, visited Croatia, in what many in the region have deemed a “historic” visit. During his three-day trip, Irinej met with the leader of the Croatian Catholic Church, Josip Bozanic, members of the Croatian Bishops’ Conference, the Archbishop of Zagreb, as well as Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic. Irinej also awarded Zagreb mayor Milan Bandic the Order of Emperor Constantine the Great.