The Serbian Government’s support for the clergy and monastic communities in Kosovo and Metohija represented the central issue during talks held at the Gracanica Monastery between the Minister for Religion Radomir Naumov and the Bishop of Raska and Prizren, Artemije.
"Respected citizens of the Republic of Serbia and the Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Hercegovina) residing in the State of Israel, friends of the Serbian people and followers of the order of international law, we invite you to attend a Rally in support of the Republic of Serbia and the Serbian as well as other non-Albanian population in the autonomous province Kosovo and Metohija, in view of the unilateral proclamation of Kosovo’s independence.’’
Moscow, February 29,
Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church is concerned with the future of Orthodox
shrines in Kosovo as the region unilaterally declared its independence.
When asked by the Vesti TV channel if there is a danger to lose them in
result of Kosovo's independence, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for
External Church Relations Metropolitan Kirill said: "Sure, there is such a
Metropolitan Christopher, Primate of the Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, sent a letter of support to His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle and to the Serbian people, in view of the unilateral proclamation of independence of the Kosovo province. His Beatidute, Metropolitan Christopher, wrote:
“Your Holiness, allow me to express my support in these days of agony the Serbian Orthodox Church as well as the entire Serbian people are passing through.
In his sermon following the prayer service for the salvation of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija in front of the Temple of Saint Sava, the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Coastlands, Amfilohije, launched the message that the Serbian people had to say to the world that "as long as we exist, Kosovo is the apple of our eye, our heart, the heart of our heart, our holy city of Jerusalem and that we cannot renounce it, just like we cannot renounce our soul and our fate''. His Eminence Amfilohije said that "Kosovo represents a huge tribunal and that today we, the Albanians and the Americans, the British and the French are undergoing judgement in Kosovo''. The plateau in front of the temple church was completely filled with people who had arrived from the mass protest held in front of the National Parliament.
Sources: www.tanjug.co.yu and www.svetigora.com
Public Announcement by the Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church Following Consultations Held at the Serbian Patriarchate21. February 2008 - 12:42
The session was convoked in view of the latest illegal selfdeclaration of independence by the so-called Albanian parliament in Pristina. Some great states which have enriched themselves with wordly powers have recognized this act by the parliament of Pristina and, as we have said before, they have cast shame on themselves as well as their historical path, minding only their bare interests.
Yet, our concern goes to our people, which is deeply and justifiedly embittered by this injustice and violence. We know from our ages long church experience that every violence ends up with the perpetrator's ruin, for, as the proverb says, every power is of time, and that of God is eternal.