Bishop Atanasije serves memorial service for victims of NATO bombing and post-war suffering in Kosovo and Metohia

In Gračanica today the 11 year anniversary of the beginning of the bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was marked with the consecration and placing of a cross brought from Herzegovina by monks from Tvrdoš Monastery, a memorial service for the victims and the lighting of candles in the spot where a monument is to be built to the victims of NATO bombing and the atrocities of the Albanian extremists in Kosovo and Metohija. Before the beginning of the memorial service, those present were reminded of the difficult days of bombing and suffering by air raid sirens.

Before some 1,000 people the memorial service about 1000 people served The Administrator of the Diocese of Raška-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, Bishop Atanasije, served the memorial service before some 1,000 people with the concelebration of Vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan and the clergy of the Diocese of Raška and Prizren. Bishop Atanasije said that the Serbs had gone through the centuries with a cross on their hearts, none more so than the Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija. "That is why on this cross that has been placed here, sent by St. Sava's Herzegovina, it is written that the Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija lived and died for the Holy Cross and golden freedom, and today they are in heaven in bliss and for eternity - because God created man for eternity."

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.

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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.