Pope Francis has appointed the former Bishop of Zrenjanin, Ladislav Nemet, as Archbishop of Belgrade and Metropolitan of the Belgrade Archdiocese, it was announced by the Apostolic Nunciature in Serbia.
Ladislav Nemet thanked the former Archbishop Hočevar for the 22 years of service he gave to the Belgrade Archdiocese.
“I thank the Holy Father Francis for appointing me Archbishop and Metropolitan of Belgrade, for the trust he placed in me. I must admit that it is not easy to accept this kind of service. However, when the pope calls, the man says yes,” Archbishop said.
Archbishop Nemet is the president of the International Episcopal Conference of Saints Cyril and Methodius and the sixth archbishop of the Belgrade Archdiocese in its 98-year long history.
The former Archbishop Stanislav Hočevar thanked the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as other churches and religious communities, for their openness and cooperation during the past 22 years of his episcopal service.
Hočevar emphasized that it was always a pleasure for him to be among believers, as well as among all residents of Serbia, and he thanked the Serbian Orthodox Church, and other churches and religious communities, “for their openness and cooperation”.
The enthronement of the new archbishop is scheduled for 10th December in the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Belgrade.