Headed by His Holiness Irinej, the Serbian Patriarch, the delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church arrived to Crete today, on 16 June 2016, where the session of the Holy and Great Council is to be held during the forthcoming days. His Holiness is accompanied by Their Eminences and Their Graces hierarchs: Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa, Bishop Dr. Ignjatije of Branicevo, Bishop Lukijan of Budim and Bishop Jeronim of Jegar.

Along with the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, hierarchs, professors and students arrived in Chania, as part of the Serbian Church delegation.

At the same time with the delegation of the Serbian Church, official delegations of the Jerusalem, Greek and Albanian Orthodox Churches arrived to Crete as well. Next to the highest Greek state and military honors, accompanied by numerous priests and monks, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, Serbian Patriarch Irinej, Archbishop Jerome of Greece and Archbishop Anastasius of Albania were welcomed at the airport by Archbishop Irenaeus of Crete. On behalf of the Primates, words of gratitude at the formal welcome ceremony were expressed by Archbishop Anastasios of Albania.

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, at the session held on Tuesday, June 14th, decided that the official delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church participate in the work of the Holy and Great Council, which will be held from 17 until 26 June, 2016, on the island of Crete.