Church of Serbia – 5/4/21
His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, received the First Vice President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Mr. Branko Ruzic at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, on 31 March 2021
In a cordial conversation, His Holiness the Patriarch emphasized the importance of good cooperation between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, especially in order to improve the quality of religious education and the position of religious teachers. The Patriarch especially emphasized that the Church built the foundations of Serbian public education, which it developed for centuries under the arches of monasteries, seminaries and other church-educational institutes, which it crowned with the founding of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, one of the founders of the University of Belgrade.
Minister Ruzic congratulated warmly His Holiness on his election and enthronement as head of the Serbian Orthodox Church and stressed that cooperation between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the Serbian Orthodox Church is of great importance for preserving the identity, tradition and historical values inherited by the Serbian people.
The audience was attended by Bishop Stefan of Remesiana, State Secretary Mrs. Marijana Dukic Mijatovic, Advisor for Religious Affairs Mr. Mileta Radojevic and Head of the Office of the Serbian Patriarch Deacon Aleksandar Prascevic, PhD.