His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew II receives US Ambassador

On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received James F. Jeffrey, US Ambassador to Ankara, accompanied by Sharon Anderholm Wiener, US Consul General at Istanbul.

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Memorial service for innocently suffered and defenders of the Fatherland in 1999 NATO bombing

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia served today at the St. Marko Church in Belgrade a memorial service to the innocent victims and defenders of the Fatherland during the NATO bombing in 1999. Patriarch of Serbia served with the concelebration of Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno and the priesthood of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac.

On the occasion of the day when the Serbian people is reminded of the victims of the NATO bombing of Serbia, in the presence of many faithful, Prof. Dr Bogoljub Sijakovic, Minister of Faith in the Government of Serbia, and His Excellency Aleksander Konuzin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Belgrade, His Holiness Patriarch of Serbia stressed that this sad and prayerfully remembrance of those who suffered on the soil of our Fatherland and those who fallen by defending their homes and sanctuaries.

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.