Russian Children's Cultural Center opens in Belgrade St. Sava primary school

The celebration regarding an opening of the Russian Children's Cultural center in a primary school St. Sava (8 Avalska str.) yesterday was marked by speeches and the presence of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia; His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno; His Excellency Aleksancer Konuzin, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Serbia; Mr. Valery Aleksejev, president of the Fund of the Unity of Orthodox Peoples ; Mr. Branimir Kuzmanovic, president of the Vrachar municipality; and Mr. Dejan Stankovic, director of the St Sava primary school.

Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic pilgrims at the Phanar

On Wednesday, March 17, 2010, secondary school students from Italy and Greece visited His All Holiness at the Phanar.


City of Dushan left without Serbs

Of the approximately ten thousand who lived here until 1999, today there are only 17 Serbs left in Priština, and only one child, five-year old Milica.

The consequences of ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and Metohija are most apparent in the cities where the remaining Serb population can be counted with the fingers. This is also true of the ancient city of (Emperor) Dušan, Prizren, once proud of its multi-ethnic life, bringing together, in addition to the Albanians, Turks, Serbs, Goranis and Croats.

Of the approximately ten thousand who lived here until 1999, today there are only 17 Serbs left in Priština, and only one child, five-year old Milica.

During the March 2004 Pogrom, everything belonging to the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian people in Prizren was torched. Flames devoured Potkaljaje, the most beautiful and the oldest part of Prizren, where Serbs lived, adorned by Christ the Savior Church from the 14th century, the Bishop's Residence, the Seminary, and in the city itself, St. George Orthodox Cathedral and Bogorodica Ljeviška (Holy Virgin of Lyevish) Church.

Divine Liturgy in Moraga, Califonia

Извор: Епархија западноамеричка

Communique on visit of the delegation of the Holy Synod of the SOC to Berlin and Paris

A four-member delegation of Serbian Orthodox Church, headed by His Grace Vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan, were by the decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops, on an official visit to Berlin and Paris in the period from March 15 to 19 2010. The serious concern of the Serbian Orthodox Church was conveyed to the high officials of these countries on the occasion of the announcement of a quicker process of reducing the number of KFOR soldiers in Kosovo and Metohia. During the talks the position of the Serbian Orthodox Church was particularly stressed that was not acceptable that the security of the Serbian Orthodox shrines, which currently the KFOR provides , entrust to the Kosovo police. The delegation informed international officials with all possible negative consequences of the eventual transfer of the security to the KPS, while insisting that it was a very hasty decision  with possible disastrous consequences for the Serbian Church and the Serbian people in this area.

Canonical decision

For disobedience toward the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church (which by its decision of 13 February 2010 temporarily suspended Bishop Artemije and appointed Bishop Atanasije administrator of the Diocese of Raška-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija with all the rights of the diocesan bishop), for failure to accept the canonically appointed Bishop and refusal to respond to his archpastoral oral and written invitation for no less than a full forty days, and for preventing the faithful from the town of Prizren from coming to their cathedral in Prizren (in which mention is made of His Beatitude the Patriarch and the Bishop Administrator) and spreading of intrigue, lies and slander among the faithful, and for "conspiracy and clannishness", as well as for violations of canonical and monastic law and order (canons 4, 8 and 18 of the Council of Chalcedon; canon 34 of the Council of Trullo, canon 5 of the Council of Antioch, canon 21 of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, canons 4 and 13 of the First-Second Council) in general, the following are subject to canonical epitemia*: