Per the decision of the jury, the award for publishers from the Diaspora went to the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America and their publishing house "Sebastian press" in the United States for the book "The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija - the Historical and Spiritual Heartland of the Serbian people" (in English).
Upon his personal wish Metropolitan Nikolaj will be buried at the monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Dobrun, Republic of Srpska. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch will officiate the Funeral Liturgy on 30 October 2015 starting at 9 a.m. Following the Holy Liturgy a requiem for Metropolitan Nikolaj of Dabar-Bosnia of blessed repose will be officiated. The Metropolitan will be buried in the graveyard of the monastery at Dobrun.
The Historical and Spiritual Heartland of the Serbian People
Exceptional new book on Serbian Christian Heritage in Kosovo and Metohija, its heartland in medieval times and through Ottoman domination, is intended to introduce to a wide reading public the oldest and richest treasury of Serbian medieval history and culture.
On Monday, the 29th of September/12th of October 2015, seventeen senior students of the Saint Sava Orthodox Christian Seminary of the Patriarchate of Serbia visited the Patriarchate. They were accompanied by their teacher, Mr Radomir Vrucinic and father Budimir Kojic, as well as by a group of pilgrims from Russia.
Top state and church officials and representatives of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts invited members of UNESCO to reject application of Kosovo to UNESCO, and pointed out that Serbia will not recognise Kosovo's independence, and that it will continue its path towards EU membership, while cherishing and improving the traditionally good relations with Russia, China and other countries.
At today's meeting held at the Presidency of Serbia, which was attended by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic with advisers, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, National Assembly Speaker Maja Gojkovic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, Ministers Nebojsa Stefanovic, Bratislav Gasic and Nikola Selakovic, Director of the Office for Kosovo-Metohija Marko Djuric, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej with members of the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church and President and representatives of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts Vladimir Kostic and Ljubomir Maksimovic, the following conclusions were agreed and adopted:
Address by H.E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Republic of Serbia, to the Ambassadors accredited in Belgrade, following Albania’s proposal concerning the admission of the so-called “Republic of Kosovo” to Unesco, on 16 October 2015
Ladies and gentlemen,
I have invited you here today to directly inform you about the grave issue facing Serbia, our region as a whole, Europe and the rest of the world.
I am referring to the proposal concerning the admission of the so-called “Republic of Kosovo” to UNESCO.
Some of you might think that I exaggerate when I say that this problem affects countries from all continents. In my statement, I shall attempt to conjure up the complexity and the gravity of this issue, that has, over the past few weeks, heightened our concerns as to whether the true path leading to the stabilization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina will ever be found, and whether they will be laid on future-proof foundations, fruitful to both parties equally, or almost equally.