General Bertolini at the Patriarchate of Pec
On Wednesday, Thursday March 1, 2012, the Stauropegic laura of the Patriarchate of Pec was visited by the Italian Joint Operations Headquarters Commander, Lieutenant General Marco Bertolini. General Bertolini visited the Office of the Committee for Kosovo and Metohija, and from there, accompanied by Bishop Jovan of Lipljan, vicar of Serbian Patriarch Irinej, went to the complex of churches of the Mother of all Serbian churches. From there he visited the guesthouse where he met mother Fevronija, heugomene of the monastery .
In a cordial talk, general Bertolini repeated that the Italian army, and he personally, is devoted to the protection of the Christian sanctities, cultural heritage and the peace on Kosovo and Metohija.
More than a cordial atmosphere was enhanced by the fact that general Bertolini commanded the parashoot brigade "Folgore" when it protected the Patriarchate of Pec and the Decani monastery during the 2004 March Pogrom. In July 23 of the same year general recieved on behalf of the unit the Order of Saint Sava from the hands of Metropolitan Amfilohije. The Serbian Church awarded the brigade "Folgore" in this way.