Today at the Belgrade church of St Apostle Marko a memorial service was served for the victims of Storm action, which was 14 years ago done unified Croatian and Moslem military and police forces on the territory of Serbian Krajina killing 2650 and expatriating 340000 Serbs from their centuries-old hearths.
The memorial service was served by Their Graces Bishop Nikanor of Banat, Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje and Herzegovina and Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno with the concelebration of the priesthood of Archbishopric of Belgrade and Karlovac. President of Serbia Boris Tadic, representatives of the Government of Serbia, members of the Crown Council and several hundreds refugees and the expelled were also present
After the memorial service Bishop Nikanor spoke to the present in the church full of people.
Holy liturgies are served on the occasion of the Holy Prophet Elijah in all temples of the Orthodox diocese of Vranje. The holiday is especially marked at the monastery of St Prohor Pcinjski because traditionally on this day at the monastery there is lots of people. His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, the envoy of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church and His Grace Bishop Pahomije of Vranje,served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the presence of a great number of the faithful.
The Serbian Orthodox Church, as the host and the owner of one great orthodox sanctuary, a monastery of St. Prohor Pcinjski, decided, on behalf of regional Diocese of Vranje as well as on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops and on the suggestion of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, the member of the Holy Synod and the official representative of the Diocese of Vranje regarding the issue of the celebration of the feast of the Holy Prophet Elijah (Ilindan) at the monastery of St. Prohor Pcinjski - to honestly, warmly, brotherly, without any hidden thoughts, provide hospitality and more than that, brotherly reception for the high delegation of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia on the 65th anniversary of ASNOM on the the feast of the Holy Prophet Elijah of this year.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno received todat at the Court of the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade His Eminence Bishop of the Anglican Church for Europe the Rt Revd David Hamid.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, and on behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral welcomed the guest from England. Bishop David thanked and conveyed the greetings from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
"Called to One Hope in Christ", the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches, meets in the context of a Europe which is becoming increasingly diverse religiously, ethnically and linguistically. There are many positive consequences of this but there are also real concerns that human relationships are under strain and human freedoms are being restricted. These include growing misunderstandings between religious communities, religious discrimination and violation of religious freedom.