It is with great sadness that we have received the news of the death of His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej. The grief for our fellow citizen and our Bishop, who had been the Bishop of Nis Eparchy for 35 years before he was elected Serbian Patriarch, is felt not only by Orthodox believers, but by all citizens of Niš. I express my deepest condolences to the Serbian Orthodox Church and all Orthodox believers sharing with them the grief and sadness for such a great loss. He will be remembered for his kindness, wisdom and moderation, as someone who always had a word of consolation for all of us, someone who knew how to reconcile quarreling parties, how to encourage, inspire and motivate. With his arrival, the Eparchy of Niš begins its rise, churches and monasteries are being renovated and built, old and forgotten customs are being renewed. His Holiness, our Patriarch, our Bishop – remains with us.
Niš City Mayor