On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Pogrom on Kosovo and Metohia

On the 17th of March 2019 it is 15 years since from the Kosovo and Metohija, in destructive attacks by Albanian extremists, 4,012 Serbs were expelled, most of them have not still returned to their homes.

In a wave of violence in Kosovo and Metohija 19 people were then killed, eight of them Serbs, while 11 Albanians were killed in the clash with members of the international security forces. At least 170 Serbs were injured as well as dozens of members of the international forces who clashed with local Albanians while protecting Serbs and their property. About 800 Serbian houses were destroyed and 35 religious shrines were burned, including 18 cultural monuments, among which the Church of Our Lady of the Levish in Prizren.

Meeting of Patriarch Irinej with President Vucic concerning coronavirus

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, met with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, in Belgrade on 15 March 2020. (photo: predsednik.rs, video: Tanjug)

We are in a special situation while facing a ghreatproblem, which is not only our problem but the problem of the whole world, i.e. appearance of the coronavirus. We have not yet experienced the peak of the negative effects of that virus, but we are certainly on that way. It is a great comfort to us that our country is equipped to deal with this phenomenon and that it will undertake all the measures to resist the negative effects of theterrible virus, which, as we can see, has beenthreatening people all over the world, said Patriarch Irinej and added:

Patriarch celebrated in Saint Gabriel the Archangel church

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Saint Gabriel the Archangel in Belgrade on 15 March 2020.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by the local clergy. After that a memory service for the Sarajevo Serbs was held in the presence of the members of the association the Serbian Lighthouse.

Bijelo Polje: We mustn’t let our shrines, those beams of light that illuminate our way, be taken away from us

On 12th March 2020, thousands of citizens of Bijelo Polje assembled at the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul for a prayer of supplication to the Most Holy Theotokos

Afterwards a cross procession of the faithful for defending their shrines and Orthodox faith set off through the streets of Bijelo Polje to the Church of St Nicolas the Wonderworker in Nikoljac. There protopresbyter Sinisa Jankovic addressed the congregation with the words of pastoral instructions reminding them of the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ that He had said to his Apostles and Disciples: ‘He who follows Me will not walk in darkness’ (Jn. 8,12)

Doctors of Pljevlje also in processions for protecting shrines

A peaceful struggle of the people of Pljevlje to defend its shrines continued on March 12, 2020 in the streets of the town on Breznica.

In a great number like previous nights, the people of Pljevlje gathered at the church of Saint Petka, who after the prayer of supplication, in a procession showed once again that they don't give away their shrines and that they will continue fighting for them.  His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Milesheva led the procession.